TUI continues Canaries travel but scraps mainland Spain until 9th August

2020/07/26 13:33:52 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

The UK's biggest tour operator, Tui, has cancelled all mainland Spanish holidays until 9th August. The move comes after the government imposed a 14-day quarantine on people arriving in the UK from Spain, but the firm said all those going to the Balearic and Canary Islands could still travel as planned from tomorrow (Monday).

The FCO is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain, although quarantine measures apply to those returning from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, and the Balearic Islands.

British Airways is still operating flights, but said the move was "throwing thousands of Britons' travel plans into chaos", and budget airline easyJet is also maintaining a full schedule, as is Jet2.

Uncertainty and confusion:
Airlines UK have called on the government to be "more specific" in its advice, since the latest spike in coronavirus cases in Spain did not affect the whole country in the same way.

Tui said it would contact customers affected and offer them the right to cancel or amend their holidays, "All customers currently on holiday can continue to enjoy their holiday and will return on their intended flight home," they added.

Tui said health and safety was its highest priority, but urged the government to "work closely" with the travel industry, "This level of uncertainty and confusion is damaging for business and disappointing for those looking forward to a well-deserved break."