TUI scraps holidays to mainland Spain after nation removed from ‘air bridge’ list

TUI is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world and is very popular with Britons. The firm owns travel agencies, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and retail stores. The brand is known for offering Britons great holidays across the world at affordable prices.


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But now, TUI has decided that due to the change in the Government’s travel advice, it will be cancelling all holidays to mainland Spain up to and including August 9.

Yesterday, the Government announced that travellers returning to any UK nation from Spain after midnight last night will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

The announcement was confirmed by the Department for Transport.

It comes after some regions in the country, namely Catalonia and Aragon, reported a huge spike in daily coronavirus infections.

The Government said the rules would apply to people returning from any region in Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearics.

And now, TUI has said that in response to the news, it will be cancelling its holidays to mainland Spain but that travel to the Balearics and Canaries will continue.

In a statement, TUI said: “TUI UK have taken the decision to cancel all holidays to mainland Spain up to and including Sunday, August 9, 2020,”

It added: “We know how much our customers look forward to their holiday abroad and some will be able to accommodate the new quarantine restrictions, therefore all those that wish to travel to the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands will be able to travel as planned from Monday, July 27.”

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Customers due to travel to all areas of Spain between July 27 and August 9 will be able to cancel, amend or seek a refund on their holiday, the company said.

Those with holidays from August 10 will be updated on July 31, the company added.

Meanwhile, all customers currently away in Spain will be able to return on their intended flight home.

TUI did say it thought “regional travel corridors” needed to be considered.

It also warned the Government that “uncertainty and confusion” was damaging the travel industry.

TUI said yesterday in another statement that it was keeping its “Holiday Promise”.

A statement said: “As per our TUI Holiday Promise, we won’t take customers on holiday if we know they’re required to quarantine on arrival or on their return home.”

The tourism economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and the measures used to help control its spread.

According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), international tourist arrivals will be down by 20 percent to 30 percent in 2020 compared to 2019.

Some countries that rely on International tourism will have been hit harder than others.

The travel and tourism sector supports 330 million jobs and 10.3 percent of global GDP.

In Europe, the tourism industry employs around 13 million people.

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