TUI cancels holidays to Zante’s Laganas resort due to links to coronavirus cases

TUI has announced that it is cancelling holidays to the resort of Laganas in Zante following a a number of recent coronavirus cases linked to the hotspot.

The travel firm is no longer offering any holidays to Laganas from Thursday 3rd September, and said it will be offering a full cash refund to any affected customers.

It has not been confirmed when the company would look to resume Laganas trips.

However, that’s not to say it won’t offer any Zante holidays moving forward; holidays to other resorts on the Greek island will still currently be going ahead as planned.

A TUI spokesperson explained that the move has come because “some customers are not following social distancing and covid safety measures”.

The news also comes after nearly 200 passengers and crew on a recent TUI flight from Zante to Cardiff were told they would need to self-isolate after the trip was identified as the source of at least 16 Covid-19 infections.




In fact, travel from the UK to the Greek island has been linked to six Covid-19 clusters.

A TUI spokesperson said: “F ollowing the recent positive cases from customers retuning from Zante, we have taken the decision to no longer offer holidays in the resort of Laganas from Thursday 3 September.

“Laganas is a popular resort with young people who traditionally holiday in large groups of friends.

“The health and safety of our colleagues and customers is our primary concern and recent cases shows that some customers are not following social distancing and covid safety measures.



The huge beach at Laganas in Zante (picture taking pre-pandemic)

“It is therefore the right thing to do to protect and reduce a now identified potential risk to others by no longer offering holidays to this specific resort.

“The recent cases in Wales have highlighted a demographic of customers that have recently returned from Zante and subsequently tested positive . As the only airline that flies between Cardiff and Zante it has allowed us to understand trends that may also be seen in other areas of the UK.

“We believe that with good track and trace processes, testing at airports and a nuanced approach to regional travel corridors, customers can continue to travel safety.”

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