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Thomas Cook stops Tunisia flights

14/01/2011

Demonstration

Mass protests and rioting in Tunisia have led travel firm Thomas Cook to suspend flights there and arrange a plane home for 1,800 UK holidaymakers.

Six flights full of tourists will arrive at the UK on Friday: four in Manchester and two in Gatwick.

The Tunisian people are taking to the streets to protest against rising food prices and unemployment, as well as demanding the president resigns for being "corrupt".

Thousands marched through the capital Tunis on Friday, following days of mass rioting in the streets.

In a statement on Friday, Thomas Cook said: "Although there has been no specific problems for our holidaymakers, their well being is our primary concern.

"So as a precaution, we've taken the decision to bring them back to the UK as soon as we can, using our fleet of aircraft today."

The Foreign Office advised against all but essential travel to Tunisia, saying: "The situation is unpredictable and there is the potential for violence to flare up, raising the risk of getting caught up in demonstrations.

Travel company Thomas Cook said it was suspending its Tunisia programme. Those affected are advised to consult their travel insurance providers for further information.

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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