TUI has axed more summer holidays following renewed nervousness about foreign travel.
Its capacity has been reduced to just 75% of what it offered in 2019, although the UK’s biggest tour operator said it will add more holidays for summer 2021 if demand picks up.
Previously, TUI had hoped to operate 80% of summer 2019’s capacity but bookings started to dry up following statements from various Government ministers urging people to hold off making holiday plans.
TUI has sold 60% fewer summer holidays than normal for the time of year.
However, it is hoping to take German holidaymakers away over Easter, with obligatory Covid testing before they return home. No doubt the UK Government will be watching this operation with interest to see if there is a spike in cases in Germany as a result.
Is now a good time to book a summer holiday?
All overseas holidays from England are banned at least until 17 May and minsters have warned that the ban could be extended, so it’s too early to know if summer holidays will go ahead.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier this week that he hopes to provide more information on foreign travel on 5 April. Even then, the situation is likely to remain fluid.
If you are desperate to get something in the diary, booking a package holiday is your safest option since you’ll be guaranteed a refund if government restrictions prevent you from travelling.
However, a spike in demand for summer 2021 holidays earlier this year seems to have prompted travel companies to increase package holiday prices. TUI says its average price is up an eye-watering 22% up year on year.