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TUI cancels flights from UK to Spain after British government brings back quarantine

TUI cancels flights from UK to Spain after British government brings back quarantine
  • The operator said it would announce plans for flights from Monday onwards later today. The UK government announced on Saturday that all travellers arriving in the UK from Spain must self-isolate for two weeks

Tour operator TUI has announced the cancellation of flights from UK to Spanish airports this Sunday.

The decision comes after the UK government's announcement on Saturday to bring back two-week self-isolation requirements for all travellers arriving from Spain.

“We’re incredibly disappointed that we didn’t get more notice of this announcement, or that this decision wasn’t made yesterday, as many Brits travel on holiday at the weekend,” TUI’s managing director for the UK and Ireland, Andrew Flintham, told Reuters.

He also said that he didn't understand why quarantine had been imposed for travellers from the entire country, including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, when the UK government's travel advice for Spain was not the same for all regions.

Three TUI flights were due to arrive at Malaga airport this Sunday. One from Manchester and one from Birmingham, which have been cancelled, and one from London, which did operate.

On Sunday morning the operator said it was still studying whether to cancel further flights to Spain from Monday.

Flintham confirmed that tourists already in Spain would be able to return to UK on their reserved flights as planned.