TUI is a popular travel firm that is used by Britons up and down the country to bag an affordable holiday. The company is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world and runs its own travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. Like many companies, TUI has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic which saw the travel industries forced to halt most of their operations.
But as holidays abroad begin to restart, TUI has ensured that their customers will be kept safe but that holidays won’t be able to return completely to normal.
Managing director of TUI UK and Ireland Andrew Flintham spoke to Telegraph Travel about what holidays could look like for the holiday firm’s customers.
Mr Flintham told the newspaper that the firm saw a surge in interest every time the UK government mentioned “air bridges”.
The company was also anticipating a post-lockdown wave of bookings.
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Mr Flintham is hoping that the company’s customers will feel safe when they travel abroad.
He said: “We don’t take anyone on holiday to anywhere they won’t have a fantastic time, let alone somewhere they where they won’t be safe.”
But he did warn that transport will look different.
Airlines across the UK and the world have already announced plans on how their planes will accommodate social distancing measures.
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Some airlines have said they will be keeping some seats on planes empty and have also announced enhanced cleaning measures.
Others have said that they will be asking for contactless payments only and limited toilet usage.
Mr Flintham said that TUI will be different with passengers expected to wear masks and move around the cabin as little as possible while they’re flying.
TUI has already begun some of its flights from countries such as Germany and Sweden.
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He told Telegraph Travel: “You are going to see changes but I think the fundamentals of being on holiday will remain.
“Eighty to 90 per cent of those things you would normally be doing, you will still be able to do.”
He explained that if a hotel or destination does not have certain measures in place, TUI will not take customers there.
Mr Flintham reiterated that he wanted to make sure that all TUI customers have a good time while flying or holidaying with them.
Quarantine exemption list
TUI will only initially operate flights to eight destinations from the UK.
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.
TUI will then increase its destination list to 19 locations from July 25.