TUI extends travel suspension to the Canary Islands until August 10th

2020/07/31 15:40:31 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

TUI announced today (Friday) that it is extending the suspension of package holidays to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands until August 10th, and its programs to mainland Spain until the 17th. The company noted that, by contrast, it will add seven flights on August 8th, 9th and 10th to "popular destinations" in Greece and Turkey, after confirming "an overwhelming demand from customers to make trips this summer."

The managing director of TUI UK and Ireland, Andrew Flintham, said that 70% of customers who have seen their holidays cancelled due to restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus "changed their reservations to other destinations." He said that the summer season is the most important for the tourism sector and that is why the company is doing "everything possible" to "help customers get their well-deserved break."

The first time they announced the suspension of flights and holidays to Spain,  it was initially only for a few days, after the British Government imposed a mandatory quarantine from July 26th on passengers arriving from Spain due to the upturn of COVID-19 in parts of the country.

Faced with complaints from the tourism sector and the Spanish Government, the British Executive is now considering reducing confinement from 14 to 10 days, and the possibility of establishing air corridors at a regional level with areas less affected by the virus, such as the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Flintham reiterated today its request to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, to "remove the quarantine approach and consider the rapid introduction of regional travel corridors.

"The level of uncertainty and confusion generated this week is damaging to business and consumer confidence in travel," he maintained.