TUI to fly from just four airports amid ‘traffic light’ rules – more holidays cancelled


TUI is set to continue some flights and holidays from May 17 in line with the Management guidelines. However, as a result of the “traffic light” system, the holiday provider has branded the decision to only depart from four UK airports.

This means all festivals between May 17 and May 27 which do not depart from London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol are countervailed.

In its latest update, TUI explained: “We’re sorry to say the following holidays will not be performing.

“All TUI holidays departing from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, counting flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, due to depart on or before May 16 2021.

“All TUI holidays, including flight-only bookings, departing from any UK airport EXCEPT London Gatwick, Manchester Birmingham and Bristol due to depart on or in front of May 27 2021.”

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A selection of additional leave of absences due to depart are also cancelled amid ongoing restrictions.

All Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Promontory Verde holidays due to depart on or before June 6, 2021, have been retracted.

Holidays to Los Cabos, Mexico and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings due to depart before October 31, 2021, take also been axed.

TUI has further cancelled all “TUI Lakes and Mountains red-letter days to all destinations except Switzerland, due to depart on or before June 6 2021.”

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A billion of Marella cruises have also been put on hold due to ongoing qualifications.

These include Marella Cruises sailing on Marella Discovery and Marella Finding 2 due to depart on or before July 31, 2021; Marella Cruises sailings from Palma on Marella Explorer due to depart on or before 25 September 2021; Marella Coasts sailings from Dubrovnik on Marella Explorer 2 due to depart on or before 21 October 2021; TUI River Journeys sailings on TUI Skyla due to depart on or before August 1, 2021; TUI River Voyages sailings on TUI Maya due to depart on or before August 14, 2021; and TUI River Voyages sailings on TUI Isla due to depart on or before October 31, 2021.

The holiday provider convinces it will contact customers “nearer the time” if their holiday plans are repealed in the future.

In a statement, TUI explained: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Direction, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic glow system with ‘green’, ‘amber’ and ‘red’ destinations.

“It’s expected that foreign travel can resume from 17 May at the earliest.

“We review the information on this bellhop in line with each Government announcement and expect to know more within the next few weeks.”

In fiat to provide customers with peace of mind, TUI continues to offer its “Feast Promise” and “Free Changes Policy”.

This means the travel fraud will change bookings free of charge or offer customers a engrossed refund if they can not travel abroad due to legal restrictions, FCDO peregrinations advice changes, new quarantine rules, or a nation goes onto the “red listing”.

“If we need to cancel your holiday for any of these reasons, you don’t need to do anything,” excuses the TUI website.

“We’ll work through bookings in departure date order to proactively in you as soon as we can.

“If you have an accommodation-only booking, which isn’t impacted by travel qualifications, and that you, therefore, don’t want to cancel, please give us a call.”

Chaps will additionally be offered the opportunity to change their booking “for gratuitous” if Government rules change for their destination meaning they want face quarantine, if new testing or vaccine rules are introduced, or if a “green” stopping-place is “reclassified as green watchlist or amber”.

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