TUI cancels beach holidays until May and Marella Cruises axed as coronavirus hits holiday plans


TUI cancels all beach holidays until at least mid-May and its Marella Cruises sailings are axed until June as coronavirus pandemic continues to hit holiday plans

  • TUI cancelled all trips up to and including May 14 due to coronavirus pandemic 
  • The company have also axed its Marella Cruises until at least June this year 
  • Spokeswoman said: ‘We will  continue to adapt timings in line with global advice’
  • The Foreign Office indefinitely advised against all non-essential global travel

By Press Association Reporter

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TUI, the UK’s biggest travel firm, has suspended its beach holidays for the next five weeks.

The company has cancelled all trips up to and including May 14, while its Marella Cruises sailings have been axed until at least June.

A spokeswoman said: ‘We are constantly monitoring the situation and will start taking people on holiday again as soon as we are able to do so.

TUI, the United Kingdom’s largest travel firm, has suspended beach holidays for five weeks

Marella Cruises sailings have been axed until at least June due to the coronavirus crisis

‘At this point in time, nobody can accurately predict when that will be, so for the time being we will keep a close eye on our programme and continue to amend and adapt timings in line with the latest global travel advice.’

Holidaymakers desperate to escape coronavirus lockdown when restrictions are finally lifted will be eagerly awaiting further news. 

A surge of trips to popular destinations across Europe is anticipated but the travel industry continues to be devastated by Covid-19.

On Saturday an update from the FCO on Twitter read: ‘The Foreign Office indefinitely advises against all non-essential global travel.’ 

Beaches will remain deserted in popular holiday destinations for the time being 

Jet2 has also been feeling enormous strain, cancelling all flights and holidays until mid-June.

They are the UK’s second biggest travel company behind TUI and have earmarked June 17 as the date to restart trips.   

A spokeswoman from Jet2 said: ‘We are keeping this decision under constant review, in line with guidance from governments and the relevant authorities.’ 

On Saturday, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned Britons against all non-essential travel abroad indefinitely

Budget airline easyJet, which also has a holiday business, has grounded flights until further notice and British Airways has told customers to keep checking its website for bookings for travel after May 31. 

Thousands of holidaymakers have been applying for refunds, which they should receive within 14 days of their application. 

But due to the sheer number of requests and cash-flow issues in travel companies, many have endured delays in repayment. 

Tour operator Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until June 17 due to the coronavirus crisis


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