TUI to resume flights to 8 destinations in Greece and Spain from 11 July
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Holiday carrier TUI unveiled the first routes it intends to fly in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis. While the carrier has been steadily pushing back the restart date of its operations, it now appears as though the first routes will begin 11 July.
On Sunday, TUI unveiled that it will resume flights as of 11 July — but only to eight destinations. As of that date, TUI will begin to fly 44 weekly flights to the following destinations: Ibiza (IBZ), Palma (PMI), Corfu (CFU), Crete (HER), Kos (KGS), Rhodes (RHO), Lanzarote (ACE) and Tenerife (TFS).
When flights first resume, TUI will operate from three U.K. airports: London Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN) and Birmingham (BHX).
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The airline is expecting to ramp up the number of routes it plans to resume in the coming weeks, planning to serve a total of 19 destinations by the end of July. Additionally, the airline said that it plans to resume operations from two additional U.K. airports, though it hasn’t made clear which two they are.
It’s worth noting that the U.K. FCO still advises against all non-essential international travel. Additionally, the U.K. government still has a mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement in place for all arriving passengers from international locations.
TUI Commercial Director Richard Sofer said that he has “absolute confidence” that the British government will lift its 14-day quarantine by the time the airline plans to resume flights to popular holiday destinations.
At the least, the government has said that it will review the policy every three weeks, with the potential to add “air bridges” to certain countries that are deemed low-risk.
Spain said that it has lifted its mandatory two-week quarantine for Brits as of 21 June.
Other low-cost carriers have said that they plan to resume European flights. Ryanair plans to resume 40% of its network by 1 July, and EasyJet plans to resume 75% of its route network by August.
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