TUI has unveiled plans to expand its summer operations and has added a new Covid-19 cover to reassure customers.
From 25 July it will offer holidays from Bristol Airport to Menorca, Majorca, Alicante, Reus, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Zakynthos.
From August 1, it will start flying from eight regional airports to Dalaman, Antalya, Izmir and Bodrum in Turkey and to Chania, Kefalonia, Skiathos, Santorini and Thessaloniki in Greece.
TUI said it also plans to add other popular summer destinations in Portugal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco over the coming months as governments further ease travel restrictions.
It has also launched a new Covid-19 Cover, which should be used alongside normal travel insurance, for all customers travelling on any TUI holiday between July 11 and December 31 2020 and applies to all new and existing bookings.
It will cover overseas testing for suspected cases, overseas medical assistance if a customer contracts the virus while on holiday, costs associated with an extended stay and a new return flight home if customers are asked to self-isolate while on holiday.
Managing director UK and Ireland Andrew Flintham said: “Many of our customers have been waiting with eager anticipation to hear about whether they could go on holiday this summer, so we’re delighted that our first customers will depart this weekend. We’ve done a lot of work to ensure we can take our customers on relaxing, enjoyable and – most importantly – safe holidays again and it’s really exciting to be able to offer our customers additional peace of mind when booking with us, with our new Covid-19 Cover.
“Of course, as this is such a fluid situation, we understand the need to be flexible, and may need to adapt and modify our plans as we go along. If we do need to cancel more holidays in line with Government advice, all affected customers will be able to receive a full refund.
“Our TUI Holiday Promise still stands, so our customers can rest assured that if we think they can’t enjoy their TUI holiday as they intended, we won’t take them there.
“We know some people may not feel confident travelling right now, but we’re inviting them to start looking forward to holidays again, and we can’t wait to take them away whenever they choose to join us.”