TUI has become the latest airline to resume its flights as travel restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic are eased.
From Saturday, the airline has resumed trips from Manchester Airport, London Gatwick and Birmingham.
The company will initially run a limited number of flights and holidays to Ibiza, Lanzarote, Palma in Mallorca and Tenerife, the Manchester Evening News reports.
By the end of the month, Malaga, Alicante, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Menorca, Costa Dorada and Fuerteventura are expected to be added with routes also set be operating to Kos, Rhodes, Crete, Corfu and Zante in Greece.
And from August 1, the carrier will begin operating from nine more UK airports including Newcastle International Airport, travelling to a total of 24 destinations in Turkey, Greece and Spain.
TUI is also offering ‘quarantine free’ holidays based on the government’s list of safe countries to travel to that do not require the 14 day isolation on arrival or return.
If you are joining the company on an upcoming flight, they have released a number of rules passengers must follow before arriving at the airport and while on board a plane.
- TUI is asking customers to check-in online or via the TUI app which opens 24 hours before your outbound flight and is available right up until three hours before take-off.
- You’ll also need to check in 24 hours before your return flight.
- You may need to complete a Passenger Locator Form, depending on the country you’re travelling to.
- You can find out whether you need to complete a form here.
- Everyone over six years old must wear a face mask on TUI flights.
- As they are not provided, customers must bring their own and the airline adds that you should make sure you have enough to allow you to change your mask every four hours.
- Crews are no longer allowed to help you get your luggage into the overhead locker so make sure you have the right size carry case and are able to lift it when getting on board.
- Food and drink will still be sold on board, but instead of using up all that change, contactless payments are preferred.
- There are also changes at TUI resorts.
- Some TUI hotels will ask you to check in online and there will be floor markers to help guests maintain a safe distance from each other.
- Facilities such as spas, restaurants and other entertainment venues will have reduced capacity, but they may also have extended opening hours to ensure everyone gets the chance to enjoy them.
- Some hotels won’t accept cash either so make sure your card will work abroad as you don’t want to be left stuck.
- Buffets may also be off the cards but this will vary from hotel to hotel and you may be asked to book a time slot for the hotel restaurant.