Tui reveals summer 2019 programme

Tui has revealed its summer 2019 programme with 720,000 additional seats and 16 new concept hotels across its Tui and First Choice brands.

The UK’s biggest tour operator has increased capacity in Greece and Turkey and Croatia based on customer demand.

It has also ramped up its operations from regional airports, with half a million of its additional seats from six airports: Doncaster/Sheffield, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, East Midlands and Birmingham.

Five new aircraft will operate on 40 new routes from 15 airports, with 65% of them unique to Tui.

Half of the new routes are to Turkey, Greece and Croatia while 200,000 seats will be available to year-round sun destination Cape Verde.

Its long-haul programme will see Tui’s first flight from Doncaster/Sheffield to Orlando Sanford, Florida, where it will offer more villa and self-catering options in-destination.

From Doncaster/Sheffield, Tui will add 110,000 seats including new routes to Pula, Croatia, Hurghada, Egypt, Kos, Greece and Bodrum, Turkey.

New flights to Cancun from Bristol and Manchester and extra capacity to the Mexcan airport from Glasgow and Newcastle will also be added for summer 2019.

Tui will introduce five more adult-only Sensimar hotels for summer 2019; three in Greece, in Crete, Zakynthos and Santorini with openings in Dalaman, Turkey, and Agadir, Morocco.

A new Tui Family Life resort in Antalya, Turkey, will raise the portfolio to 24 in 18 destinations and there will be a new Magic Life resort in Bodrum, Turkey.

All-inclusive brand First Choice will introduce two new Holiday Villages in Lanzarote and Hammamet, Tunisia, as well as two new Splashworlds – which offer unlimited access to water parks – in Dalaman and Marsa Alam, Egypt.

First Choice will also add five SuneoClubs, to Dalaman, Turkey, Greek islands of Kos and Crete, Hurghada in Egypt and Menorca, Spain.

Tui, which said around one million customers book its concept hotels, is also to make more 10- and 11-night durations available for summer 2019 as customers seek more flexibility.

UK & Ireland commercial director Richard Sofer said: “Summer 2019 is the most ambitious programme we have ever introduced.

“We are focusing firmly on growing our amazing range of holidays through an extended regional flying programming, concentrated on the core destinations holidaymakers want to travel to, while offering the flexibility of holiday duration they want. We’ve added capacity where we know we have customer demand and will be opening 16 new flagship resorts across TUI and First Choice affirming our commitment to our exclusive hotel concepts.

“Our intention is to open up new possibilities to existing customers whilst attracting new holiday makers to the TUI and First Choice brands. This is just the first step in an exciting vision which will evolve over the next 12 months and beyond.”

The summer 2019 programme goes on sale April 5.

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