Thomas Cook: customers start flying back home from Tunisia

After tour operator goes bankrupt

25 September, 12:24

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 25 - An airbus A380 landed at the international airport Enfidha-Hammamet from London to fly back home 471 British tourists whose holiday had to be interrupted due to tour operator Thomas Cook's bankruptcy.

    The airplane was sent by the UK government to repatriate its citizens after the end of their holiday in Tunisia because Thomas Cook can't guarantee their customers' return, said Tav Tunisia's officer in charge of relations with the media, Jalel Chouchane.

    A second airbus of the same type will land on Wednesday at the airport Enfidha-Hammamet to fly back home another 471 British tourists.

    About 40 Tunisian hotels have reported losses of about 70 million euros when Thomas Cook, with which they cooperated, declared bankruptcy. Some 4,500 British tourists in Tunisia have been affected by the collapse.

    British authorities will create a fund to regulate the tour operator's debts with Tunisian hotels and have named two administrators for the purpose, said the Tunisian minister for tourism and craftsmanship René Trabelsi at an emergency meeting in Tunis, also attended by British Ambassador Louisa De Sousa and representatives for the Federation of hoteliers, the Tunisian central bank, tour operators and air carriers.


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