Thomas Cook resumes flights to Tunisia after three years

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 12:44pm

Thomas Cook flew tourists to Tunisia for the first time in three years making it the first major British travel operator to resume operations there.

It follows an Islamist militant killed 30 Britons on a beach in 2015.

The attack, which was claimed by Islamic State, prompted Britain to advise against all but essential travel to the North African country, and major tour operators subsequently scrapped their holiday programmes there.

But the Foreign Office softened advice last year. TUI Group , the operator with whom the victims had travelled with, said last month it planned to offer holidays in Tunisia again starting in May.

Thomas Cook said all three of its flights to Tunisia's Enfidha airport on Tuesday were full. It will fly there three times a week, allowing Britons to join German, French and Belgian customers who have been going there for the last two years.

A total of 38 people were killed in the shooting in June 2015 in Sousse, 140 km (87 miles) south of Tunis.

Thomas Cook's chief executive Peter Fankhauser said it had done everything it could in terms of security...

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