TUI passengers on Zante flight forced to quarantine under new regulations

PASSENGERS arriving into Wales on a TUI flight from Zante face quarantine after an outbreak of coronavirus has been detected in the holiday hotspot. Holidaymakers will also be tested on arrival.

PUBLISHED: 21:49, Tue, Sep 1, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:09, Tue, Sep 1, 2020

The news comes following at least 16 people testing positive for the virus on a TUI flight into Cardiff last week. According to reports, some passengers said COVID-19 rules had not been followed in the region. The airline has since axes flights from the holiday resort of Laganas - the source of the cases - from Thursday.

 

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Now, passengers landing into Cardiff on a flight at 10:40pm this evening will be given a notice informing them they face 14 days of self-isolation.

The passengers will also be offered two COVID-19 tests.

One test will be given 48 hours after arrival and the second will be given in eight days time.

Wales' Health Minister Vaughan Gething said the decision was made following the detection of six clusters of cases, amounting to 30 infections, linked to flights from the Greek island.

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TUI flight from zantePassengers on a TUI flight from Zante now face quarantine (Image: Getty Images)

Zante flightTUI: The Zante flight was already in the air when the decision was made (Image: Getty Images)

He added that new arrivals from the holiday hotspot pose a risk to public health.

Passengers onboard the flight did not have the opportunity to reschedule their journeys home, as the decision was made once the flight had already departed from Zante.

They also face 14 days of quarantine.

A TUI spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “We can confirm that customers returning from Zante to Cardiff on TOM6215 will be advised that they will be tested for COVID-19 48 hours after they return and will have a repeat test in eight days’ time. They will also be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

“The health and safety of our customers and crew is our absolute highest priority and we are very supportive of airport testing.

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

“The Welsh Government is also asking passengers arriving in the coming days to arrange coronavirus tests when they return home.”

The airline has since made the decision to revoke flights from some regions in Zante.

In a statement, Andrew Flintham, managing director TUI UK and Ireland said: "Following 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.

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