No “big hike” in summer vacation prices before green travel list – Tui
Prices for summer vacations were not increased until the government announced the green travel list, the UK’s largest holiday company insisted.
Tui’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, Andrew Flintham, said it will be “a long time” before travel agencies can consider increasing their profit margins.
He told BBC Breakfast: “Our prices are very, very stable. They are roughly the same, flat, from year to year. There is not a big increase in there.
“It will be a long time before the idea of trying to raise prices to make more money. We want to take people on vacation, have a good time, because we think they all really deserve it.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will hold a press conference in Downing Street at 5 p.m. to announce foreign destinations the British can visit from May 17 without needing to self-quarantine on their return.
Portugal, Iceland and Malta are among those who should be on the green list.
Gibraltar and Israel could also make the cut when the list is released on Friday after weeks of speculation.
British Airways is charging £ 530 for a Heathrow-Algarve flight on May 17, up from £ 276 two days earlier.
A Ryanair flight from Stansted to Lisbon costs £ 262 on May 19, more than double the price of £ 128 on May 14.
Quarantine and coronavirus testing requirements for people arriving or returning to England once overseas holidays are cleared will be based on a new traffic light system, with destinations placed on green, amber and red.
In addition to not needing to quarantine upon return, people arriving from a greenlisted location will also only be required to take one post-arrival test.
Those returning from an Amber List country must self-isolate for at least five days and pass at least two tests.
The most popular European destinations, such as Spain, Italy, France and Greece, should initially be on this list, but could turn green before the peak summer vacation months.
Returning from a Red List country involves an 11-night stay in a quarantine hotel priced at £ 1,750 for solo travelers.
Destinations will be ranked based on a range of factors, including the proportion of a country’s population that has been vaccinated, infection rates, new variants emerging, and the country’s access to reliable scientific data and to genomic sequencing.
Luis Gallego, managing director of British Airways parent company IAG, urged the government to “be a little ambitious in getting global travel back on track”.
He wants people who have been vaccinated or tested to be allowed to fly “unrestricted” between the UK and the US.
The airline said it would launch a new advertising campaign on Friday featuring employees who “are preparing to return to work after a very difficult year.”
No plans to resume vacation abroad have been announced by UK decentralized administrations.