TUI and First Choice Extends Suspension of Flights to Portugal

Tui and First Choice holidays extend flight ban to Portugal. image: Twitter

TUI and sister company First Choice have extended the suspension of holidays to Portugal for customers from the UK until at least the end of next week.

It comes after the tour operator did the same for holidays booked to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

The UK’s largest tour operator said it will “continue to review its holiday programme in line with UK government advice.” The government has advised against non-essential travel to mainland Portugal since March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic.


What’s the latest on flights to Spain?

TUI and First Choice have already announced that its holidays to mainland Spain for UK tourists are cancelled until August 17, while its programmes in Spain’s Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are on hold until August 10.

TUI and First Choice said customers due to travel to mainland Spain and Portugal between August 17-31 or the Spanish islands between August 10-16 can amend their booking and receive an incentive to rebook, or cancel and receive a full refund.

TUI shops to close

The firm announced last week it plans to close nearly a third of its high street stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland to cut costs and respond to changes in customer behaviour.

In total, there are 166 TUI shops at risk of closure in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.


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