Thu. Jul 25th, 2024

Algeria announced the resumption of train services to Tunisia, starting this summer, after a thirty-year hiatus.

The Superintendent of Security and Operational Activity at the General Directorate of Algerian Customs, Abdel Nasser Khantot, told national radio that these trips were programmed to enhance tourism movement between the two countries.

Khantot explained that Algerian customs prepared for this step in coordination with the border police and the National Railway Transport Company, to ensure facilitating the passage of travelers through the Souk Ahras International Station, which was equipped for this purpose.

Khantot did not specify the start date of the flights or their weekly number, but previous media reports indicated that the flights would begin on July 5, coinciding with the celebration of Algeria’s Independence Day.

The Tunisian National Railway Transport Company conducted a test trip between the capital, Tunis, and the Algerian city of Annaba, to ensure that the line is ready to resume service in a regular manner.

It is noteworthy that this railway line was closed in the mid-nineties due to the deterioration of the security situation and the activity of terrorist groups during the period known as the Black Decade in Algeria.

The month of August is the peak season for Algerian tourism in Tunisia. The number of Algerian tourists in Tunisia reached 1.7 million tourists in 2023, in 2022 it reached 2 million tourists, and in 2019 it reached 2.5 million tourists, which represents 30% of the total number of tourists in Tunisia.

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