Tui adds 400,000 seats for winter 2020-21

Tui’s largest winter programme for 2020-21 has gone on sale with 400,000 extra seats added following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

Long-haul capacity is being raised by 260,000 seats across next winter and summer 2021.

The operator has also added more than 1,000 hotels for summer 2021.

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The latest move follows Tui announcing an extra two million seats for summer 2020.

Winter 2020-21 will now see an extra 180,000 seats allocated to long-haul flights alone.

Extra flights will operate from Manchester, Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield to winter sun destinations including Goa, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Barbados.

Short and mid-haul flying capacity is also growing by an additional 400,000 seats with the majority of the growth focussed in the Canary Islands and Egypt.

The long-haul capacity growth will continue into summer 2021 with 80,000 additional seats already added.

This includes extra flying days from Manchester, Gatwick, Glasgow and Newcastle to Florida, Barbados and Mexico.

Greece, Turkey, the Canaries and Balearics will all see “significant growth” in summer 2021.

“Hundreds of hotels will be available to choose from, including the Thomas Cook favourites recently added,” Tui said.

Winter 2020-22 highlights include the previously announced return to Sharm el Sheikh with four hotels on sale and more in the pipleline. More seats will also be available to Cape Verde.

Tui Blue will become the group’s global flagship hotel brand from May 2020 with Tui Family Life and Tui Sensimar hotels rebranded and moved into an expanded Tui Blue range.

The brand will consist of three strands – TUI Blue for Families, Tui Blue for two and TUI Blue for all.

Tui UK & Ireland product and destination experience director Mark Hall said: “We understand the importance of providing great flexibility and choice, and recognise the need for customers to spread the cost of their much-awaited annual holiday.

“In 2018 holidaymakers reacted positively by securing their summer 2020 breaks earlier than ever before.

“Customers will be able to book from a range of hotels, including our newly expanded TUI Blue concept resorts – perfect for making meaningful memories with those they are closest to.

“If you book in advance you can benefit from low deposits alongside direct debit schemes and thousands of free kids places again this year.

“With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning their holiday the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel.”

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