TUI have revealed that they will be extending their cancellation period of holidays to the Balearics and Canaries after the British Government’s bombshell “air bridge” announcement last week. Last week, the Government announced that it would be axing Spain from the UK’s “air bridge” list after the country saw a spike in coronavirus cases.
Travellers with holidays to the Balearic and Canary Islands from August 4 and mainland Spain from August 10 will receive an update on July 31.
The move is in response the the UK Government changing its advice for mainland Spain, the Balearics and the Canaries.
TUI has confirmed that it will instead be adding flights on August 1, 2 and 3 to Greece and Turkey.
Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK and Ireland said in a statement: “Following the change in travel advice to Spain our customer feedback is clear, they still want to travel aboard this summer, with over 70 percent of customers with cancelled holidays moving to another destination over the same period or in the coming weeks.
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“We’ve therefore added seven new flights for this weekend to Crete, Rhodes, Zante and Corfu in Greece and Dalaman and Antalya in Turkey and have changed some flights from the 737 aircraft to 787 Dreamliners to help with the additional demand.
“The summer holiday period is the most important time of year for travel operators and we are therefore doing everything we can to help customers get their well-deserved holiday.
“The health and safety of our customers and colleagues is always our highest priority and welcome travel advice that protects those that holiday with us and we have worked hard to provide safe and enjoyable holidays this summer.”
Mr Flintham added that TUI are calling on the Government to introduce regional ‘air bridges’.
He added: “Importantly, we also call upon the UK Government to work closely with the travel industry and remove the ‘blunt tool’ approach to quarantine and consider the rapid introduction of regional Travel Corridors.
“The level of uncertainty and confusion created this week is damaging for business and customer confidence in travel.”
The Foreign Office (FCO) updated its advice on Monday to include the Balearics and the Canary Islands.
This means the FCO is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearics and Canary Islands.
The Government decided to change their policy to avoid Britons bringing the virus back to the UK.
Britons were originally granted a quarantine-free return from Spain and its surrounding islands on July 4.
Anyone returning from Spain or the Balearics and Canaries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Budget airline Jet2 have also extended the cancellation of their flights to the Balearics and Canaries until August 10.
They have extended their cancellation of trips to mainland Spain until August 17.