Tui UK has switched more capacity into Greece and Turkey following the FCO advice against travel to Spain.
Tui has cancelled all departures to the Balearic and Canary Islands until 4 August. As a result, there are some short-notice new departures to Greece and Turkey.
On Saturday (1 August), there will be additional Gatwick-Rhodes and Manchester-Dalaman flights. Sunday 2 August will see extra Gatwick-Heraklion and Manchester-Zakynthos flights and on Monday 3 August there are additional Gatwick-Dalaman and Manchester-Antalya departures plus a Birmingham-Corfu service.
Andrew Flintham, Tui UK and Ireland managing director said: “Following the change in travel advice to Spain our customer feedback is clear, they still want to travel aboard this summer, with over 70% of customers with cancelled holidays moving to another destination over the same period or in the coming weeks.
“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.”
In addition to the Balearic and Canary Islands cancellations, Tui UK has cancelled all holidays to the mainland of Spain until Monday 10 August.
Customers due to travel to all Spanish destinations between Sunday 26 July and Sunday 9 August will be able to receive a full refund or rebook with a booking incentive.
Clients with holidays to the Balearic and Canary Islands from 4 August and mainland Spain from 10 August will be updated on Friday 31 July.
Flintham 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.”