The national airline for Tunisia, Tunisair, has launched a new service between Tunis (the capital city of Tunisia) and London Stansted Airport.
The inaugural flight took off on 31 March and marked the first time Tunis-Carthage International Airport and Stansted Airport have been connected by the operation of a regular service.
Details behind the new route
The new route is planned to run on a bi-weekly basis on Mondays and Thursdays each week. The Tunisian flag carrier has opted to use one of their Airbus A319-100 aircraft to run the service. The Airbus narrowbodies are in a two-class configuration with a total of 114 seats, 102 of which are economy seats.
Tickets are already available on Tunisair’s website, with prices advertised from around 500 TND (£130) to 1070 TND (£280) before additional fees and taxes. There are three economy-class rates on offer and two business-class rates.
Mats Sigurdson, the Airline Development Director for the Manchester Airports Group (the operator of Stansted Airport) spoke positively of the new connection between Tunisia and London:
“New routes are always exciting developments and Tunisair’s direct flight to Tunis offers even more choice to passengers. Tunisia offers something for everyone, whether it’s a city break in the capital with its fascinating Roman archaeological sites or an all-inclusive break along the country’s famous Mediterranean coastline. We wish them much success with this new route from London Stansted.”
Reminiscing upon old relationships
Before the Stansted service, Tunisair had used to fly to Gatwick and Heathrow Airports on a similar schedule of a bi-weekly service. The London Gatwick route was terminated after the airline decided to run this new Stansted service. The North African airline still operates flights to Heathrow Airport every Sunday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday to London and back to Tunisia.
As the aviation industry continues to show positive signs of recovery post-pandemic, it is likely that Tunisair will only continue to add more routes to its services to further increase connectivity from North Africa to across the globe. After appointing a new CEO in January of this year, it is clear that Tunisair is revitalised, motivated, and ready to grow.
What do you think about Tunisair moving its Gatwick operations to Stansted? Will you be flying from the capital of Tunisia to London any time soon? Let us know.