TUI has announced it will resume holidays to eight destinations from July 11.
The news from the UK’s biggest travel company is the latest ray of hope for Brits hoping to go abroad this summer despite the coronavirus hampering their plans.
On Sunday (June 21) the Mirror reports that from July 11 Brits will be able to fly to Spain and Greece from TUI’s biggest airports: Birmingham, Manchester and Gatwick.
It will be releasing more details of the flights in the coming days, but the news comes just hours after Spain said that British visitors would not have to quarantine for two weeks in their resorts. But they will still have to do so when they return to Britain after their holidays.
Yesterday (Saturday) TUI announced that when its summer programme resumed after the coronavirus, it would only be to countries which had “air bridges” with the UK. These are destinations which will not be imposing quarantine on British travellers.
TUI, along with other airlines, has sent the Government a list of the destinations it wants air bridges with.
These include: Antigua, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Spain, St Lucia, Tunisia, Turkey and USA.
Despite TUI resuming its flights, the Foreign Office is still advising against non essential travel, which means some travel insurance policies will be invalid. But it said this is under review at all times.
TUI is one of the biggest operators flying from Birmingham Airport and has said its 2020 winter bookings and summer bookings for next year were “looking promising”.