Issue number 8

Travel trade update coronavirus Holland (8)


The Dutch government announced yesterday during a press conference that the Dutch people can go on foreign holidays from June 15. From this date people from the Netherlands will be able to visit 12 (out of the 26) Schengen countries.

For the time being Denmark, UK and Sweden are excluded from this list so holidaying there won’t be possible yet.

For a complete overview of which Schengen countries the Dutch are allowed to visit click here

Also, intercontinental destinations are banned so the colour code remains orange meaning only essential travel is allowed there, no holidays. However, holidaying on the Caribbean islands of Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba is allowed.

Prime Minister Rutte stressed that the government will not repatriate any tourists that will get stuck abroad in case there might be a renewed coronavirus outbreak somewhere and tourist get stuck. However, when a package holiday is booked via a tour operator, this tour operator will take care of repatriation.

Also, insurance companies will not cover cancelled holidays due to a renewed corona outbreak.

TUI Netherlands: restart of holidays flights from 1 July onwards

TUI Netherlands announces that it is ready to restart the holiday flights from 1 July. A limited offer will initially be available; only those destinations that are currently clear offer a safe and comfortable holiday accommodation.

The holiday destinations that will be offered first are: the Greek islands of Crete, Kos, Rhodes and Zakynthos, the Spanish islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Mallorca and Turkish Antalya. Preparations are also being made to restart flights to Curaçao and Aruba. All preparations are being made, but the actual implementation remains of course subject to the formal approval of local authorities and the possibility of sufficient freedom of movement and holiday experience for travellers

Arjan Kers (General Manager TUI Netherlands): “Many Dutch people would like to go on holiday abroad this summer, but are waiting for a decision from the government that will allow this again. TUI is ready to offer them that opportunity from 1 July. The only condition is that the Dutch government relaxes travel advice. We are in close contact with the authorities and, together with sector organization ANVR, we are confident that changes will follow soon. The authorities in Germany meanwhile indicate that travel abroad will be possible from 15 June, the Netherlands is expected to follow suit. ”

Safe and comfortable
With its own TUI fly planes, TUI will fly holidaymakers to a selected number of destinations. Various European destinations have concrete plans to re-open their borders to tourism and also provide the infrastructure for a pleasant and safe holiday. The holiday will probably have some adjustments that stem mainly from the policy of “social distancing” that applies throughout Europe. Naturally, TUI only offers holidays that meet all regulations to guarantee a safe and comfortable holiday.

More information
The TUI website will indicate on a specially designed page, per country, what the possibilities for holidays are and describe the conditions that apply during the flight and at the hotel. This information will be available next week and will always be updated with the latest information. TUI will contact customers who have already booked a vacation to one of these destinations to discuss the details of the offer.

All 140 TUI travel agencies to reopen this week
TUI will reopen its remaining travel agencies in a third phase this week, meaning all 140 TUI agencies throughout Holland will be open again by appointment.

TUI reopened its first 10 travel agencies in a pilot on 6 May. This was done with closed doors and by appointment, where customers could make an appointment for video calling or a physical appointment in the store via an appointment tool.

The agencies are equipped with additional materials to meet all guidelines, such as stickers and ribbon to determine the routing in the store, plexiglass screen, a pole with hand gel, cleaning products and doorbell.

EasyJet will resume its flights from Schiphol Airport from 1 July

Lowcost airline easyJet The goal is to fly from Amsterdam to 35 destinations in Europe again this summer.

From July easyJet flies from Schiphol to Alicante, Berlin, Bristol, Catania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Ibiza, London Gatwick, London Luton, Malaga, Mallorca, Manchester, Milan, Naples, Nice, Olbia, Prague, Pula, Rhodes, Split, Tel Aviv, Verona and Zadar.
From August onwards, Basel, Belfast, Budapest, Copenhagen, Liverpool, London Stansted, Rome, Venice and Vienna will be added.

The airline is expanding its number of flights across its European network from July 1 as travel restrictions are gradually decreasing. The plan is to fly 50 and 75 percent of all the 1,022 routes in July and August respectively. The flight frequency on these routes will be lower than usual, the company says.

The flights from Schiphol will take place in accordance with new safety measures, including stricter cleaning and disinfection procedures and mandatory FACE masks for passengers and crew.

Also, no food and drink is served on the short-haul flights. The measures have been implemented in consultation with the aviation authorities, the international civil aviation organization ICAO and the European Aviation Safety Agency, EASA.

KLM to add more European destinations in July

KLM plans to more than double the number of destinations within Europe in July compared to May. According to CEO Pieter Elbers, at least sixty European destinations should soon be included in the timetable. “On some routes we will fly several times a day again,” he says. In May, the European network consisted of thirty destinations. That number should grow to over forty in June and to over sixty in July. New routes to Greece, Italy and Spain are being added as travel restrictions there are gradually being relaxed. “There is demand from the market and with all hygiene measures taken at KLM, we can expand the flight operation as safely as possible.”

The intercontinental network currently comprises about thirty destinations. Half of them only carry freight, due to local restrictions. As previously reported, the timetable will be expanded in June to include Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao and Sint Maarten. Paramaribo must also be flown again quickly if this is possible in terms of regulations. Plans for the intercontinental network in July are underway. These strongly depend on the further opening of airspace and the state of the various economies.

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