TUI to resume flights to eight destinations across Greece and Spain from July 11
Posted on 22/06/2020
TUI, award-winning airline and UK's largest tour operator, has announced they will restart flying to eight different destinations in Greece, the Balearics and the Canaries from July 11. According to a statement, they will offer 44 flights a week to Ibiza, Palma, Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Lanzarote and Tenerife, and could even add more flights and destinations later on in July. People will be able to fly from any of these three airports - either Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick.
Safe and enjoyable holidays
Richard Sofer, commercial director for TUI commented: "Due to the size of our organisation we've been able to have a presence in each of those Government conversations through our aviation team or through the senior members of the UK business. We're well-informed of where those discussions are."
"Obviously many of those conversations are confidential but that gives us great confidence to open up a small programme to a couple of really key countries, eight key gateways for us. We have absolute confidence that we're going to be getting a positive result from the Government in time for July."
And if the government agrees to more air bridges, the company could extend these to 19 destinations and five UK airports. But the condition is simple: they only want to offer quarantine-free holidays, stating in an e-mail: "This means we won't travel to places where we know that you'll need to self-isolate when you arrive or when you return home".
But if Spain is lifting the two-week quarantine for British people from 21 June, Boris Johnson is still expected to create more air bridges with countries this month, in order for people to be able to travel without getting quarantined.
Explaining new measures such as disinfection of the aircraft, social distancing and deep-cleaning of hotels, Andrew Flintham, TUI managing director, commented: "Customers will have a brilliant TUI holiday. If there are any significant changes at your hotel, resort or destination, which will stop this from happening, we won't take you there."
He added: "The last few months have been truly extraordinary and we have all had to make changes in our everyday lives. We've adjusted the way we shop, work and socialise - and the way we go on holiday in the future will also be a little different. But although we find ourselves in exceptional circumstances, we want to assure you that we will do everything we can to continue to take you on safe and enjoyable holidays."