Tui axes flights to Spain and Canary Islands as travel firms criticise quarantine timing

Questions are being asked about why the so-called “travel corridor” with Spain was suspended with little notice.
The UK’s biggest tour operator, Tui, has suspended all flights from Spain and the Canary Islands scheduled to leave today.

Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, made the announcement on Saturday evening hours before new rules came into force for UK travellers.

It comes after the government added Spain and the islands to its list of at-risk countries.

This means holidaymakers arriving back from Spain, the Canaries and the Balearic Islands face the prospect of isolating for two weeks from now.

Britons have been advised against all but essential travel to mainland Spain by the Foreign Office – though this part of the guidance does not apply to the Canaries and the Balearics.
While Tui has cancelled flights, easyJet and British Airways are planning to continue operating as normal.

Tui’s Mr Flintham assured passengers who are currently on holiday that they will be able to return on their intended flight home, while others would be contacted by Tui to arrange refunds or rebookings.

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