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TUI and Thomas Cook put Tunisia holidays on map again

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Both TUI and Thomas Cook have reinstated Tunisia on their holiday programmes. Effective from the 13 February, Thomas Cook is introducing flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports to EnfidhaHammamet International Airport.

The flights will operate once a week from each of the UK airports. In April, flights from Glasgow will be added to the timetable and will be followed by London Stansted and Newcastle a month later. TUI will follow suit on 1 May when it relaunches Tunisia holidays from Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester airports.

UK holiday companies grounded flights and Tunisia package holidays in June 2015 after a gunman massacred more than 30 holidaymakers at a Sousse beach. Thomas Cook started taking reservations for Tunisia holidays last August following a change in the travel advice from the UKs Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Chris Mottershead, the MD of Thomas Cook UK, told reporters the first flights were already fully booked which showed there was high demand for Tunisian sojourns. He carried on by saying Tunisia had long been a best seller and charmed with stunning beaches, perennial sun, tasty cuisine and a plethora of historic sights,

The FCO advisory amendment stated that most of Tunisia was now considered safe but tourists were advised to be vigilant. The FCO says Chaambi Mountains National Park is a no-go area. Despite the easing of travel restrictions, a state of emergency declared in late 2015 is still in effect and was most recently extended last November.