TUI Airways saves hundreds of British families stranded in Lapland thanks to delivery of Covid tests
While Santa can make deliveries from Lapland, a special TUI package to the snowy destination has saved some families’ vacations.
After the UK travel rules changed, tens of thousands of visitors to Lapland were stranded in Finland. Before arriving in the UK, travelers must take a PCR test, starting at 4:00 a.m. on December 7.
TUI had 2,500 customers in Lapland, and many more are expected to fly to Finland this week for a winter break. The airline sent an empty plane with 3,500 tests from Birmingham to Rovaniemi in Lapland.
The tests were carried out by the airline to help customers comply with the new restrictions, which apply to anyone over the age of 12.
“Families plan their magical trips to Lapland all year round with dreams of meeting Santa Claus, dog sledding and feeding reindeer,Said Richard Sofer, Commercial and Business Development Director of TUI UK. “It’s our job to make their dreams come true, and our Christmas elves, as always, are there to make sure they see all of Lapland’s magical sights.“
Customers traveling to Lapland after the rules have changed should organize their own tests before departure.
The cost of a round trip to Lapland from Birmingham, according to The Independent, would have been around Â£ 30,000.
“We have been delighted to help our customers in Lapland by offering them testing in the resort so that they can return home to the UK,A TUI spokesperson told The Independent.
Source: common thread