Leisure operator TUI is set to begin winter flights to the Canary Islands, with services to Gran Canaria beginning this week, from Bournemoth Int’l Airport (BOH) in the United Kingdom. The winter service by TUI is set to depart 2 October, with Tenerife services following shortly after on 3 October.
British sunseekers will find a once weekly flight to Gran Canaria and a twice-weekly service to the island of Tenerife.
TUI is currently the largest operator out of Bournemouth and will see a capacity increase of roughly 33% this year with a second based aircraft.
Canary Islands on the Charts
With respect to scheduled Canary Islands services, British holidaymakers will from October 2 be able to fly from Bournemouth to Gran Canaria, as TUI readies up its winter programme for the 2023/2024 season.
Additionally, Tenerife is on the charts for the following day, allowing passengers of Bournemouth Int’l Airport to escape the rapidly approaching cold weather in exchange for sun and beaches.
TUI will operate with their Boeing 737 fleet, with G-TUKM, a Boeing 737-800, scheduled to complete the first flight to Gran Canaria.
Bournemouth Airport’s managing director, Steve Gill, stated the following on the new seasonal routes: “The Canaries are hugely popular for winter getaways and the start of TUI’s Gran Canaria service and extra capacity for Tenerife means there is even more choice for passengers from Bournemouth.”
“And for those who prefer the ski slopes over a sunny beach, easyJet starts its seasonal flights to Geneva on 2nd December and has just announced a new weekly service to Lyon, gateway to the French Alps, from 13th January.”
TUI – High Expectations for Winter
TUI finished off the 2023 summer season with high rates, and In their release from September 19, TUI detailed some key highlights from the Summer 2023 season, as the focus now goes to the Winter.
Across the entire period, the carrier received 13.7m bookings, which is an increase of five per cent compared to the same period last year.
They noted that they are close to pre-pandemic levels, of which the current figure is 96%, showing how close they are to pre-pandemic levels so then the focus can shift onwards to growth.
For Q3 of this year, 1.1m additional bookings have been received, which is eight per cent higher than the same period last year as well.
Looking to the Winter 2023/24 season, TUI is feeling very upbeat, with overall bookings up 15% compared to Winter 2022/23.
In the UK alone, they have already sold 38% of the season so far, with bookings up eight per cent compared to last year.
So, with that all in mind, it looks like TUI has a busy Winter season ahead of them, and all eyes will be on them to see how that period goes for them.
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