TUI set to resume flights to these eight destinations in three weeks

Holiday firm TUI has announced it will return to the skies in just a matter of weeks after months of cancellations and uncertainty. The travel operator will resume flights from July 11, but only eight destinations will initially be included in its itinerary. 

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Britons keen for a getaway will be able to choose from one of 44 weekly flights to Ibiza, Palma, Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Lanzarote and Tenerife.

In the early days of its return, TUI will begin flying from three UK airports, Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.

It is thought that the airline will further boost its destination offering, as well and up the number of flights on sale, by the end of July to approximately 19 destinations.

The company also plans to serve two further UK airports, though it has not yet specified which ones.

Express.co.uk has contacted TUI for further comment on the latest update.

Any further decisions made by the firm will be in line with government advice.

At the time of writing the Foreign and Commonwealth Office continues to advise against all but essential travel.

However, in recent weeks it has added an update stating that the advice is “under constant review.” 

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TUI UK and Ireland’s managing director Andrew Flintham, said: “We’re really excited to be talking about taking people on holiday again.

“We’re of course still waiting on the government to change its travel advice but we’ve been working really hard behind the scenes and we’re ready to start taking holidaymakers away again in just a few weeks’ time.

“Initially, we are focussing on destinations where we anticipate air bridges being in place, such as Greece and Spain.”

It has not yet been confirmed which countries “air bridges” will be agreed with, but the new policy would see travellers being able to fly between two countries with no need for a mandatory quarantine. 

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“We know many Brits are eager to travel again, and we have ambitious plans to rapidly increase our programme as soon as possible, to offer even more choice when it comes to holidaying this summer,” continued Mr Flintham.

“We appreciate that some people may be feeling apprehensive towards travel and have questions about what a post-COVID holiday will be like, which is why we’ve introduced our new TUI Holiday Promise.”

TUI’s “Holiday Promise” has seen an update to health and safety measures, which will see all aircraft and hotels undergoing rigorous cleaning schedules on a frequent basis.

TUI has also “promised” customers it will not fly them to any destinations where they will face a mandatory period of isolation.

According to the TUI website: “We promise we’ll only take you on quarantine-free holidays. 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.”

Mr Flintman added: “If a destination has a quarantine in place, we won’t go there.

“If local restrictions or measures in place at hotels or resorts significantly impact the original holiday experience you booked, we won’t take you there.”

Furthermore, reduced contact between staff and passengers will be encouraged with the use of digital check-in and ticketing services. 

TUI has also assured it will offer customers the opportunity to rebook, receive a voucher or receive a full refund if COVID-19 related cancellations occur.

“We’ll apply every possible health and safety measure to keep our customers and staff safe and protected at every single stage of their journey. We’ll also make sure we keep in touch and are as flexible as we can be if people need to amend their holidays,” concluded Mr Flintman.

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