TUI Announces It Will Resume Holidays To Eight Destinations Next Month
TUI has announced it will start holidays to eight destinations from 11 July as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased.
The travel operator says that Brits will now be able to fly to Greece, the Balearics and the Canary Islands from three UK airports.
It will offer up to 44 flights each week to Ibiza, Corfu, Palma, Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Lanzarote and Tenerife.
Flights will be available from Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham, with the company planning to fly from a further two airports by the end of July, as well as increasing the number of destinations offered to 19.
TUI has also introduced a 'holiday promise', which guarantees travellers will be taken to quarantine-free destinations, with in-resort support available at all times.
It also means that new health and safety measures will be brought in, including digital check in, mandatory face masks on all flights, increased disinfecting of aircraft and social distancing measures at hotels.
Flights will also have new state-of-the art air filtering systems, which are hospital standard. The system ensures that fresh air is flowing through the cabin every few minutes.
Planes will also have sachets of hand sanitiser for all passengers, as well as having extra cleaning.
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Customers will be asked to stay in their seats for as much of the flight as possible and crew will be managing bathroom queues.
Hotels will have hand sanitising stations set up and social distancing markers will be placed on the floor to keep guests safe.
Restaurants will be made safer, with measures including fewer tables and longer hours to avoid overcrowding. Self-service is likely to be replaced with table service.
Other facilities will be open for longer than normal, with things like sports courts having extended hours to allow for social distancing.
The TUI Holiday Promise also means that full cash refunds or credit notes will be available if a coronavirus outbreak means that a trip is cancelled.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK and Ireland, 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.
"But 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."
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