The tour operator Tui gives a first outlook for 2021: The capacity should be around 80 percent of the level that was in the program before the corona pandemic. CEO Fritz Joussen hopes for a quick recovery, which he does not expect before 2022.
With regard to advance bookings for the summer season 2021, the Tui Group is doing well. In a direct comparison with the previous year, they even recorded an increase of 84 percent. But Tui also has a guess as to why this could be: Many customers accepted vouchers and redeemed them again for new bookings for the year 2021.
From the point of view of TUI board member Joussen, the decisive factor will be how booking behavior will develop in the first quarter of 2021. This could then be used to adjust the summer offer. Tui also has high hopes for rapid tests and demands rapid approval. These should be used as an alternative to travel warnings and quarantine. The group also demands that the warnings should be issued specifically for affected regions and not for entire countries.
According to Joussen, the proverbial salvation could come with the approval and general availability of vaccines. The sooner that happens, the better. In the course of the corona pandemic, the Tui Group is also making significant staff cuts. Around 8.000 jobs will be lost and the German subsidiary Tuifly will reduce the fleet to 17 machines. The long-haul comeback from Düsseldorf has been called off, at least for the time being.