TUI UK has launched winter 2021 and 2022 holidays from Doncaster Sheffield and is set to put summer 2022 holidays on sale from 5th November, including thousands of free kids’ places, low deposits from £75 per person and £0 deposit on direct debit bookings made online on offer. This comes as 86% of customers surveyed in September said they expect to have gone on holiday again by next summer - reinforcing the growing appetite for future travel post Covid-19.
With on-going travel corridor uncertainty for some regular favourites this winter, those craving sunshine during the coldest months have already booked for next winter, with strong demand in particular for Tenerife and Lanzarote so far from the extensive range of 11 destinations on sale from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Flights to Boa Vista in Cape Verde will operate from Doncaster Sheffield Airport for the first time in winter 2021/2022, operating every Saturday from 6th November 2021. Next winter will also see the reintroduction of holidays to customer favourites Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada in Egypt, as well as a large Canary Islands programme, with seven flights every week.
With 57% of customers saying they expect to book a Mediterranean beach holiday for 2021, TUI anticipates greater demand for summer 2022 as people want to ‘make up’ for not being able to go away this year. So far, Greece is the standout destination of choice based on current bookings for next summer, with Turkey and Egypt also popular, and patterns indicate these trends could continue into 2022.
The summer 2022 programme from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will see 27 destinations on offer, including Cancun and Florida and an increased number of flights to Corfu in Greece and Pula in Croatia. There will also be seven flights a week to the Canary Islands, five to Turkey and customers will be able to choose from six, stunning Greek islands.
TUI is seeing an upward trend in 4 and 5-star all-inclusive hotel bookings for next summer, with over 40% of customers surveyed expressing this preference. This includes hotels which offer the ‘best of both worlds’ with villas or room options with private pools and accommodation as families in particular seek to continue to feel safe in their ‘bubble’. TUI will be offering 233 different options in 155 hotels for this growing category in summer 2021 and expects this trend to continue for summer 2022.
In the same vein, 18% of customers surveyed said they would look to book a villa holiday with car hire included, making social distancing easier on holiday. TUI is offering 150 villas with flights and car hire included for summer 2021 and summer 2022 in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Portugal, Italy and Florida.
Richard Sofer, Commercial & Business Development Director at TUI said: “Our latest customer survey and booking patterns for next summer indicate that the great British public are looking forward to future holidays even more so as they may have been unable to take one this year. This is why we have launched our future holiday programmes through to the end of October 2022, so that families and couples alike can plan ahead to next year and beyond to make informed choices about what will make their perfect holiday from the wide range we have on offer.”
Robert Hough, Chairman of Peel Airports, said: “We’re thrilled by the addition of a new route and reintroduced holidays from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in TUI’s winter 2021 and summer 2022 programmes. The addition of Boa Vista, together with existing routes to Florida and Cancun, truly cements Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the home of long-haul in Yorkshire. TUI’s increased flight frequency to popular holiday destinations such as Pula and Corfu also reinforces our commitment to providing a wide array of routes to leisure destinations to allow more passengers in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to fly locally.
“We can’t wait to welcome TUI customers to DSA in 2021 and 2022, getting people away on their long-awaited, hard-earned holidays. It’s great to see that customers are so keen to travel, and we will ensure that we get their holidays off to the best start.”