TUI resumes long-haul holiday flights after 15-month hiatus

Aug 2, 2021

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After halting long-haul flying due to the pandemic more than a year ago, leisure carrier TUI Airways has resumed its long-haul operations from the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, a TUI flight departed Birmingham (BHX) heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ) on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. This summer, these Jamaica flights will also return to Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN), where TUI is one of the first users of the brand new Terminal 2 building.

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This is TUI’s first long-haul flight after the 15-month pause due to the pandemic. With travel slowly opening up to the public and the U.K. providing options for easier holiday travel, leisure carriers are slowly seeing increasing demand, allowing them to move back to more normal flight schedules.

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Following the start of the school summer holidays, TUI is operating to more than 20 destinations. For now, these are still mainly European destinations, with Croatia service resuming in the next few days as well.

Intercontinental flights are being added back to the schedule slowly but surely this summer. Some of the destinations popping up in the schedule again are Cancun (CUN), St. Lucia (UVF) and Orlando (SFB), all starting in the third week of August. For the winter season, more long-haul destinations will be added.

A TUI 787-8 Dreamliner (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A TUI spokesperson said that last weekend, departing passengers almost doubled compared to the weekend before, citing “The Mediterranean holiday destinations are particularly popular, especially the Balearic Islands and the Spanish mainland. The Greek islands, especially Rhodes, are also high on the popularity scale of the British, ranking among the three most popular destinations of all.”

Featured photo of Montego Bay by lucky-photographer/Getty Images.

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