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Kenya warning to Suffolk holidaymakers

PUBLISHED: 20:26 16 May 2003 | UPDATED: 13:52 03 March 2010

SAFARI-goers and honeymooners from Suffolk are among those putting their travels on hold today, after all flights to Kenya were stopped.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has advised UK airlines to suspend all flights to and from Kenya.

SAFARI-goers and honeymooners from Suffolk are among those putting their travels on hold today, after all flights to Kenya were stopped.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has advised UK airlines to suspend all flights to and from Kenya. The Foreign Office today advised against non-essential travel to the African country, amid warnings of an 'imminent terrorist attack on British interests.'

British nationals already in Kenya are advised to keep a low profile and to maintain a high level of vigilance in public places. The last British flight from Kenya until further notice touched down at Heathrow today.

A spokeswoman for Going Places in Ipswich, said they were currently counting up how many customers will be affected.

She said: "People who have booked to travel imminently are being advised to pop into the travel agents and have a chat to – we will probably be able to find an alternative holiday which will be equally good. If they have booked for later on in the year, then they can call the Foreign Office helpline or pop in and talk to our experts if they have any worries."

She said the famous safari venue was more popular with adventurous travellers and honeymooners than families.

At Suffolk Travel Centre, the High Street, Ipswich, James Easter said the problem was not unexpected.

He said: "It is something we have been looking at for the past three or four months, and we have been deliberately warning people of going there. It might have lost us a bit of business but it has proved wise.

"I think the situation will remain like it is, for the next six to eight months."

A spokeswoman for Travelcare which has branches in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Manningtree said: "We have nobody out there at the moment, or due to go soon.

"We would urge anyone booked to go, to contact us so we can approach the tour operator direct on their behalf. Tour operators are offering free cancellations, postponements or alternative holidays."

Some passengers told of fretful telephone calls from relatives before they boarded the last flight out of the capital, Nairobi.

But for others, suspicions were only aroused by more than usually stringent security checks before they departed.

Passenger Leon Mielewczyk, 48, said a number of passengers were left 'in the dark' about the situation and one anxious passenger spoke to the captain during the flight, which departed five minutes early and landed at Heathrow nine minutes early.

N If you had booked to travel to Kenya but are now unable to go or know anyone who is stranded there telephone The Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324789.

People intending to travel to Kenya in the near future should seek advice from their tour operator or airline.

British tourists in Kenya and wishing to return home should seek the advice of their tour operator or the British High Commission in Nairobi in Kenya: 0722 668024; (from overseas: 00 254 722 668024), 00 254 20 2844000 or 00 254 20 2714699.

Call the Foreign Office advice helpline: 020 7008 0000, or see www.fco.gov.uk.


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