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Thomson and First Choice cancel all Tunisian holidays as evacuation of British tourists begins

first_img Thomson and First Choice cancel all Tunisian holidays as evacuation of British tourists begins Saturday 27 June 2015 6:01 am whatsapp Tags: Company TUI AG A fleet of Thomson and First Choice flights have been dispatched to Tunisia to evacuate British tourists following a bloody terrorist attack which left 39 dead.As many as 2,500 Thomson and First Choice customers will be flown out of Tunisia today on repatriation flights, after up to 1,000 holidaymakers were collected last night. Read more: Cameron calls Cobra meeting after terror attacksThomson, a subsidiary of the FTSE-listed TUI Group, has cancelled all holidays to the terror-hit country for the next week.TUI joint chief executive Peter Long said: “Our whole organisation is reeling with pain to see the suffering that is taking place in Tunisia with our customers…We are doing our very, very best to look after our guests who are still in Tunisia.”At least five British people have been confirmed among the 39 killed in the gun attack which struck the beach between the Soviva and Imperial Marhaba hotels in Sousse yesterday afternoon, according to UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond. He added that a “high proportion” of the casualties were expected to be British.Thomson had hundreds of customers at hotels in the Sousse area, and confirmed several of the victims were its customers, but was unable to confirm how many had been killed or injured.A spokesperson said:Ten Thomson Airways flights are travelling to Tunisia to bring approximately 2,500 Thomson and First Choice customers home.We will also be cancelling all Thomson and First Choice holidays to Tunisia for the next week. Amendments can be made to bookings on holidays to Tunisia until 24th July and we are scheduling three extra flights to Cape Verde, Rhodes and Gran Canaria for customers wishing to change their holidays.Travel agency Thomas Cook, who said it did not have any customers or staff caught in the incident, said it had arranged for additional aircraft to fly to Tunisia and had offered customers with booked trips to Tunisia up to and including July 4 to cancel free of charge.The UK Foreign Office has warned travellers that some attackers may still be at large and has urged people to stay indoors and not disclose information on social media.Tourism is a key component of Tunisia’s economy, generating around 15 per cent of its GDP.A number of helplines have been set up for those affected:UK Foreign Office: 020 7008 0000Thomas Cook: 01733 224 536 / 0800 916 0699Thomson/First Choice: 0800 0885372 whatsapp center_img Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesUndoTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineUndoTele Health DaveRemember Pierce Brosnan’s Wife? Take A Deep Breath Before You See What She Looks Like NowTele Health DaveUndoLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyUndo Share More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale Joe Hall last_img read more