Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

Thomas Cook returns to Tunisia for first time since 2015 terror attack

Holiday flights have resumed to Tunisia today - nearly three years after the Sousse terror attack which killed 38 people.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all but essential visits to the North African country after 30 Britons - including three members of the same Black Country family - were killed in July 2015.

Demand was reportedly even higher during the following year, until the Sousse attack in which gunman Seifeddine Rezgui killed a total of 38 tourists, including four Scots.

This will expand to include Glasgow from April and Newcastle and London Stansted from May.

Chief Executive of Thomas Cook, Mr Peter Fankhauser said his company dis its best to make United Kingdom tourists feel at ease in Tunisia.

Government travel advice reads: "Since the terrorist attack in Sousse in June 2015, which targeted tourists, the United Kingdom government has been working closely with the Tunisian authorities to investigate the attack and the wider threat from terrorist groups".

Figures from the Office of National Statistics showed that 440,000 people from the United Kingdom visited in Tunisia during 2014.

Terror group Islamic State claimed responsibility.


Thomas Cook flew three aircraft to Tunisia on its first day back operating in the country, and said that all three flights were full.

"The Tunisian government has improved protective security in major cities and tourist resorts".

The ban was caused by a terrorist attack that took place a few years ago in the coastal city of Sousse.

However, despite security being stepped up for British tourists visiting Tunisian resorts, people were taking to Twitter to say they still wouldn't feel safe returning to the country.

Before the massacre, Tunisia was one of the most popular holiday destinations for British people.

"Tunisia is once again proving to be a popular choice for a value for money holiday".

TUI said its decision to resume holidays to Tunisia was due to returning appetite.

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