LONDON – Tunisian based carrier Nouvelair has announced it will re-launch its London Gatwick and Manchester services in July 2021 following the airline needing to delay the opening of the routes in 2020 from the COVID-19 outbreak which saw the UK alongside many countries close its borders to leisure travellers. The carrier becomes the second charter company in the last four days to announce new regular service flights from London Gatwick and Manchester with Turkish carrier Freebird announcing their routes from the two UK airports just last week.
With its fleet of 11 Airbus A320’s, Nouvelair will operate initially a two-times weekly service to Manchester and Gatwick, with flights to both airports commencing on Saturday, July 3 2021. The carrier said it will initially only operate the flights up to the end of the summer schedule of October, flights are then due to be restarted from May 2022 again with a twice-weekly service, however, there is potential that the airline will decide to increase the service period in 2021, but no confirmation on this has been made by the airline and is likely subject to demand.
Karim Dahmani, Sales and Marketing Director, commented, “Tunisia has been a very popular destination for UK holidaymakers and despite the terrible impact on all our lives caused Covid, we want to make sure we can provide the opportunity for holidaymakers to return to Tunisia this Summer”
Nouvelair is majority-owned by the TTS group who are involved in DMC and Hotels in Tunisia, who with the charter airline have been operating flights into the UK since 1989, and the carrier is hoping that these news services will now help Tunisia fill the gap in leisure travellers following the collapse of Thomas Cook in 2019 which had originally operated these routes.