By Ron Howells • 17 May 2021 • 7:30
First 2021 Package Holidays Depart From UK Airports. image: Pixabay
First 2021 Package Holidays Depart From UK Airports.
FROM today, May 17, international leisure travel from the UK has resumed after 19 weeks. However, the vast majority of destinations abroad come with significant strings attached – including the need to quarantine on return to the UK. The first flights taking Britons on package holidays to Europe this summer have already taken off early this morning.
It follows the government’s announcement earlier this month of the removal of the ban on international leisure travel from May 17.
As well as holidays to Portugal, which is on the government’s green list of 12 destinations, TUI is offering packages this week to amber destinations which the Foreign Office actually advises against non-essential travel to.
There is a departure to the Greek island of Corfu from Gatwick this morning, and services to Corfu, as well as Tenerife and Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, from Manchester.
Because these destinations are on the amber list, holidaymakers are required to self-isolate at home on return to the UK.
Andrew Flintham, managing director of TUI UK, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our customers back on board. There’s been an unbelievable amount of hard work behind the scenes to resume our operations and we’re just delighted that we navigated all the twists and turns to make sure everyone can go on the holidays they’ve been looking forward to and deserve.
“We’re proud that because we own every element of the holiday journey we’re uniquely placed to respond to demand by adding additional flights and hotels to the most popular hotspots, and can help our customers every step of the way. Also, by introducing easy and affordable subsidised testing packages, at just £20 for green list destinations, we’ve made travelling overseas a reality for many of our customers.
“We’re looking forward to more of our most popular destinations joining the green list, so our customers can get on a well-deserved getaway this summer.”
Other tour operators have also resumed departures this morning. easyJet holidays has holidays departing this week to the Algarve, Madeira, and Portuguese capital Lisbon, as well as to some of the Greek islands where FCDO advice allows.
Olympic Holidays has May 17 departures to Portugal, some Greek islands, Lanzarote in the Canaries and Malta, which is also exempt from the FCDO advice against non-essential travel. The UK’s second largest ATOL holder, Jet2holidays, is not due to resume operations until June 24.
The Euro Weekly News is running a campaign to help reunite Brits in Spain with their family and friends by capping the costs of PCR tests for travel. Please help us urge the government to cap costs at http://www.euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/16/ewn-champions-the-rights-of-brits-in-spain-to-see-loved-ones-again/
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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