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Tui cuts summer holiday schedules as third wave grows in Europe

by LLB staff reporter
25th Mar 21 4:12 pm

The Anglo-German travel company Tui has cut their summer holiday capacity as fresh restrictions are being imposed across Europe due to the third wave.

Tui are offering 75% of the pre-pandemic capacity during the peak travel months, from July down from the 80% planned.

Many countries across Europe have imposed fresh restrictions and there is talk amongst MPs that England could place restriction on people coming back from the continent when travel is allowed.

Tui chief executive Fritz Joussen told the company’s annual general meeting it must “retain sufficient flexibility” to increase capacity “if our customers’ demand recovers more quickly when the travel restrictions are lifted.”

He said, “We continue to see a strong pent-up demand and desire to travel among our customers.”

Joussen added, “We look to the coming seasons with optimism.

“We’re seeing strong demand for next summer in the UK with bookings up some 120%, and May 2022 in particular is already up by more than 150%.”

He said that if the Covid rules for travel are relaxed then it will be a “strong summer business in tourism this year.”

Adding, “The prospects of this are at least good in the UK.”

According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, Tui holiday bookings similarly rose by 500% following a UK government announcement to ease travel restrictions.

According to the research data analyzed and published by Finaria, Tui holiday bookings similarly rose by 500% following a UK government announcement to ease travel restrictions.

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