“From the end of June, we want to fly again on time for the summer holidays,” announced Tui CEO Fritz Joussen in the “Rheinische Post”.
Vacation flights to Mallorca could be possible again in mid-June.
Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Bulgaria are also very well prepared, according to the Tui boss.
The travel group Tui wants to make trips to various destinations again in just a few weeks – including to Mallorca. “From the end of June we want to fly again on time for the summer holidays,” said CEO Fritz Joussen of the “Rheinische Post” in Düsseldorf (Saturday). Mallorca should therefore soon be controlled. “We want to restart air traffic to Mallorca in mid / late June.”
Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia and Bulgaria are also very well prepared, said the Tui boss. The hotel season should start on July 1st at the latest. Talks are under way with Turkey. “There will be a dynamic of openings because there is no reason for a permanent lockdown of tourism.”
Maas: Worldwide travel warning could be lifted after June 14th – at least for the EU
Most recently, there had been initial progress in discussions within the European Union to reduce travel restrictions before the summer holidays. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) was confident on Wednesday after video conferences with the neighboring and holiday countries of the Germans that the global travel warning after June 14th can at least be lifted for the EU.
According to Joussen, high prices are not to be expected for trips abroad this summer. “Basically, all countries have a lot of free capacity in 2020. This ensures cheap offers. But some regions such as Germany are now particularly popular in the first few weeks, so things look the other way round. ”
Joussen called for a rescue package for travel agencies. “Many medium-sized companies don’t keep this up for long. The margins for organizers and travel agencies are too low for this. I support a non-refundable transition aid for travel agencies. “
As a travel company, Tui is particularly affected by the Corona crisis. The company currently loses a three-digit million sum every month. Thousands of jobs are to be cut due to the increasing pressure to save. To secure its solvency, the group receives a loan of 1.8 billion euros from the state development bank KfW.