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Published on 15th January 2011 by Martin Krupka, 5030 views
British holiday firms Thomas Cook, Thomson and First Choice are repatriating all of its UK customers staying in Tunisia as a precautionary measure following the civil disturbances in which 23 people died.
Thomson and First Choice flights to Tunisia on both Sunday and Wednesday have been cancelled.
Thomas Cook is evacuating around 1,800 British and Irish tourists, as well as 2,000 from Germany. Six flights were bringing the tourists home, with the first due at Manchester at 2.30pm today. Four flights were due to arrive at Manchester and two at Gatwick.
Other airlines have also cancelled their flights to Tunisia. Lufthansa has cancelled its night flights from Frankfurt and plans to use larger planes on its two weekend flights to accommodate as many passengers as possible.
Air France has also “adapted its timetable to the curfew” in force in the Tunisian capital.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has changed its travel guidance for the country and is now advising “against all but essential travel to Tunisia” due to the demonstrations taking place in the destination. See the following page for official Tunisia travel advice:
1 N Stewart
(18. 1. 2011, 23:29 CET)
My flight for 23rd January was cancelled today and my money refunded. I was travelling to Tunisia to get married and stay in the country with my family for 3 months. Lets hope that when Thomas Cook commence flights again they dont charge me more than my original flight cost.