The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Big­gest tour op­er­a­tor hopes to open hol­i­day routes in three weeks

- Travel · United Kingdom · Spain · Greece · Canary Islands · Majorca · Balearic Islands · Foreign and Commonwealth Office · Commonwealth of Nations · Corfu

Tui will restart its hol­i­day pro­gramme within three weeks, ex­press­ing “ab­so­lute con­fi­dence” the gov­ern­ment will have re­laxed travel re­stric­tions by then.

The UK’s big­gest tour op­er­a­tor an­nounced it will serve eight des­ti­na­tions across Spain and Greece from July 11.

Hol­i­days will be avail­able to the Greek is­lands of Crete, Rhodes, Kos and Corfu, as well as Tener­ife and Lan­zarote, two of Spain’s Ca­nary Is­lands, and Ma­jorca and Ibiza in the Balearics.

Richard Sofer,

Tui’s com­mer­cial di­rec­tor, ac­knowl­edged the plan is de­pen­dent on the gov­ern­ment al­ter­ing its po­si­tion on travel ad­vice and the two-week quar­an­tine for in­ter­na­tional ar­rivals.

He said the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO) would need to stop ad­vis­ing against all nonessen­tial over­sea travel and “air bridges” would need to be cre­ated, en­abling peo­ple to travel be­tween the UK and cer­tain coun­tries with­out need­ing to go into self-iso­la­tion for 14 days at ei­ther end.

Mr Sofer said: “Due to the size of our or­gan­i­sa­tion we’ve been able to have a pres­ence in each of those gov­ern­ment con­ver­sa­tions through our avi­a­tion team or through the se­nior mem­bers of the UK busi­ness.

“We’re well-in­formed of where those dis­cus­sions are.

“Ob­vi­ously, many of those con­ver­sa­tions are con­fi­den­tial but that gives us great con­fi­dence to open up a small pro­gramme to a cou­ple of re­ally key coun­tries, eight key gate­ways for us.

“We have ab­so­lute con­fi­dence that we’re go­ing to be get­ting a pos­i­tive re­sult from the gov­ern­ment in time for July.”

Tui has not set a date for re­sum­ing long-haul trips.

 ??  ?? RE­FU­ELLING FOR TAKE-OFF: Hol­i­day op­er­a­tor Tui is restart­ing its hol­i­day pro­gramme to serve eight des­ti­na­tions across Spain and Greece from July 11, the firm said
RE­FU­ELLING FOR TAKE-OFF: Hol­i­day op­er­a­tor Tui is restart­ing its hol­i­day pro­gramme to serve eight des­ti­na­tions across Spain and Greece from July 11, the firm said

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