A TUI flight full of German tourists took off for Palma de Mallorca at Dusseldorf airport on Monday morning, as the tourism industry takes its first steps towards a return to normality after the COVID-19 outbreak took a huge toll on the industry.
A fully booked plane brought the first batch of German tourists to the Balearic islands. The tourists are the first among thousands that TUI is planning to bring to the Balearic Islands in a pilot project.
«I'm doing it gladly, in particular to support Spain and to help the Balearic Islands get back on their feet. And because I enjoy going on holiday,» said tourist Christiane Haehnel while waiting to check-in.
Travellers will be able to enjoy the beaches with the social distancing measures such as face masks on the plane, an adjusted in-flight food service and individual sports programs . The holiday partying, a key factor for many Germans visiting the islands, will not be possible during this period.
«I believe we can do that with a clear conscience. The standards abroad are the same as here. The transport with a plane that has a room with good air circulation is optimal; there is no practical reason why people should refrain from traveling within Europe,» stated TUI spokesperson Aage Dunhapt during an interview in the airport.
The flight is part of a pilot project set to bring 10,000 tourists from Germany to the Spanish islands in an attempt to restart inter-european travel.