Couple haunted by memories of terror attack as flights resume to Tunisia

UK removes ban on Tunisia

But, after the FCO eased its travel advice, tour operator Thomas Cook resumed flights to the north African country for United Kingdom customers. The group of tourists were met by Nabeul governor Saloua Khiari in a festive atmosphere.

Chris Mottershead, managing director at Thomas Cook UK, said: "Tunisia has been a popular tourist destination for decades and with our first three flights sold out, there is an appetite from our customers".

It's the first time in nearly three years package holidaymakers have travelled to the country.

The FCO advises against all travel to parts of south Tunisia on the Libyan border as well as parts of west Tunisia.

Tour operators have avoided flying to the country after the 2015 terror attack in Sousse, when 38 people were killed in a shooting on a beach.

Tourism provides much needed jobs and foreign currency in Tunisia, but it has struggled since the attack in the resort of Sousse killed 39 holidaymakers and an earlier one at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis left 21 dead.

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Thomas Cook has started selling package holidays to Tunisia again after the Sousse massacre in 2015.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all but essential visits to Tunisia following the attacks.

"The Tunisian government has improved protective security in major cities and tourist resorts".

"Its soft, long beaches, year-round sun, historic ruins and tasty local food mean it attracts lots of loyal visitors, as well as those visiting for the first time".

Tui, the operator with whom the British victims of the attack had travelled, said last month it would resume trips to Tunisia from May.

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