Tour operators axe all flights to the country until October
A sudden warning of a “high threat” from terrorists in Kenya has persuaded tour operators to pull out hundreds of tourists and cancel all flights to the country until October.
As soon as the UK Foreign Office gave the warning, tour operators First Choice and Thomson (Tui) axed all flights to Mombasa until October and said tourists in Kenya would be flown back by tonight as a precaution. Around 500 people are affected. The United States, France and Australia have also issued warnings.
The threat comes from extremists linked to the militant Islamist al-Shabab group, active around the Kenyan-Somali border.
The Foreign Office warning includes the Mombasa Island area, but not the Diani beach resort or Moi International Airport. The Kenyan government criticised the warnings as “obviously unfriendly”.
[pictured: Almadow Mountains, Sanaag, Somalia]