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TUI reveals plans to restart summer holidays from Gatwick

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Tui UK has revealed details of its plans to re-start summer holidays from Gatwick and two other UK airports from 11th July.

The travel company is set to open eight destinations in Greece, the Balearics and the Canaries in the first phase of their planned restart.

Up to 8,300 holiday makers could travel on up to 44 flights per week to Ibiza, Palma, Corfu, Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Lanzarote and Tenerife with TUI planning to add more flights and destinations by the end of July.

The airline is hopeful that by the end of July they will be able to offer a total of 19 destinations from the five UK airports.

To prepare for the restart, TUI has already implemented a range of new health and safety measures to protect both customers and employees. These include:

Flights:

  • Mandatory face masks on board
  • Extra cleaning and disinfecting of aircraft
  • State-of-the art hospital standard air filtering systems to keep fresh air flowing through the cabin every few minutes
  • Hand sanitiser sachets available to customers on board
  • Customers advised to remain seated as much as possible with cabin crew managing bathroom queues

In-destination:

  • Hand sanitising stations set up throughout hotels
  • Social distancing markers on the floor
  • Restaurants may have fewer tables and will stay open for longer
  • In many properties, table service will replace self-service dining
  • Resort facilities, like sports courts, may be open for longer than normal to allow for social distancing
  • Sun loungers at pools and beaches will be disinfected between each new guest

To give customers peace of mind, TUI has also introduced a new Holiday Promise built around five commitments to ensure customers can have the safest and most relaxing holiday possible.   

  • TUI standards guaranteed: TUI says: “We promise you’ll have a brilliant TUI holiday. If there are any significant changes at your hotel, resort or destination which will stop this from happening, we won’t take you there.”
  • 24-hour support: TUI says “We promise you’ll be supported 24-7 by our holiday reps. Simply download the TUI App or have a chat with our expertly trained staff in your hotel or resort.”
  • Quarantine-free holidays: TUI says “We promise we’ll only take you on quarantine-free holidays. This means we won’t travel anywhere with known isolating measures in place.”
  • No holiday, no worries: TUI says “We promise we’ll be in contact as soon as we can if your holiday can’t go ahead due to COVID-19. We’ll offer you the opportunity to change your booking to a different holiday. Or, you can take a refund credit note or a full cash refund.”
  • We’ve got covid-19 covered: TUI says “We promise to introduce extra measures to protect you, as well as us, against COVID-19 – from disinfecting the aircraft cabin to making sure our hotels are deep-cleaned before they reopen.”

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said:

“We’re really excited to be talking about taking people on holiday again. We’re of course still waiting on the Government to change its travel advice but we’ve been working really hard behind the scenes and we’re ready to start taking holidaymakers away again in just a few weeks’ time. Initially, we are focussing on destinations where we anticipate air bridges being in place, such as Greece and Spain.    But we know many Brits are eager to travel again, and we have ambitious plans to rapidly increase our programme as soon as possible, to offer even more choice when it comes to holidaying this summer.

We appreciate that some people may be feeling apprehensive towards travel and have questions about what a post-covid holiday will be like, which is why we’ve introduced our new TUI Holiday Promise. It provides holidaymakers with five guarantees we’ve made to keep them safe abroad, while reassuring them that we’re still providing relaxing and enjoyable holidays.  If a destination has a quarantine in place, we won’t go there. If local restrictions or measures in place at hotels or resorts significantly impact the original holiday experience you booked, we won’t take you there.

We’ll apply every possible health and safety measure to keep our customers and staff safe and protected at every single stage of their journey.  We’ll also make sure we keep in touch and are as flexible as we can be if people need to amend their holidays”.

Customers can find out all they need to know at tui.co.uk 

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727 easyJet pilots jobs at risk of redundancy as airline proposes closing bases at three UK airports

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BALPA, the trade union representing its UK-based pilots, says that easyJet has today informed them that 727 of their pilots are at risk of redundancy.

In addition, the airline is also proposing to completely close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

The potential job loss would see almost 1-in3 easyJet pilots lose their jobs in the UK.

 In November 2019 easyJet acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter slot pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery.

“But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots waiting to come back when the recovery takes place over the next two years. easyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic? It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job.

“This is more evidence that aviation in the U.K. is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction. BALPA repeats its call for Government to step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses while all stakeholders sort out an holistic way forward for the whole aviation sector.”

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