Thomas Cook to reinstate Gambia programme next week

Thomas Cook is to resume its holiday programme to The Gambia from next week but with a reduced number of flights.

All services were suspended last week and more than 2,500 British holidaymakers flown home by the operator after government concerns about a deteriorating political situation and possible military intervention in the west African country.

However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office removed its travel ban on Monday following the departure of former president Yahya Jammeh, allowing operators to resume services.

Thomas Cook cancelled flights and holidays to The Gambia until January 31 but will re-start with a reduced programme from February 1.

The operator will run four flights a week instead of six “based upon an anticipation of lower demand for the remaining weeks of the winter season” which runs until April.

“We will reinstate our full programme to The Gambia for winter 2017/18,” Thomas Cook added.

“We have increased our holiday availability in other winter destinations, including operating two additional flights per week into Hurghada, Egypt, to offer our customers more choice for the rest of the winter season.”

People who were due to travel on one of the cancelled flights are being offered free amendments to another destination or date.

Specialist operator The Gambia Experience is to resume charter flights from Gatwick to the country’s capital of Banjul on Friday.

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