First plane started: Germans return to their favorite island

First plane started: Germans return to their favorite island

The first TUI planes took off for Mallorca after the forced Corona break. But only one in ten of the more than a thousand hotels is open.

12 noon, March 21, 2021

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After months of travel restrictions, the first aircraft of the largest are on Sunday German travel company TUI started again with vacationers from Germany to Mallorca. In the morning one picked up Tuifly-Machine at the company headquarters in Hanover-Langenhagen from. According to a spokesman for the airline, a good 160 of the almost 190 seats had been booked. Immediately afterwards, another, almost fully booked aircraft should take off from Hanover.

From Düsseldorf and Frankfurt Tuifly offered two connections each, one flight from Stuttgart. Munich is to be added as a departure airport on March 26th.

The temporary end of the restrictions for several holiday regions in Spain and the expiry of the travel warning for the Balearic Islands make this possible. Among other things, tourists can now forego a quarantine phase after their return. Other airlines like Eurowings have been flying from Germany to Mallorca for a few days.

According to Tuifly, the demand is very strong, but not at the level of the Easter business in 2019. The hotels on the island have been prepared for days and the previously planned offer has been expanded. The spokesman said that ten percent of the 1,000 or so hotels are now open.

Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil however, advocates issuing a travel warning for Mallorca again. “The lifting of the travel warning for Mallorca by the German government was a serious mistake,” the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND) quoted the SPD politician as saying. “It would be best if the federal government would reverse its decision.” If she is not ready to do so, it is necessary to talk about a strict and multiple test obligation upon re-entry or a quarantine period.

“The infection process on Mallorca may still be uncritical, but when people from all over Europe come together on the island over Easter, we immediately have a new hotspot.” In addition, he could “explain to no one why he is not allowed to book a holiday home with his family in the Lüneburg Heath, but the plane to Mallorca”. At least in Germany there must be the possibility of contactless vacation in vacation homes or holiday homes.

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