TUI has made a move to reassure holidaymakers after rumours surfaced online that the airline would not be flying from Bristol to Orlando in 2023. Before the coronavirus lockdowns, TUI changed the route’s Florida destination airport from Orlando Sanford to Orlando Melbourne, which received mixed responses.
And this week a post from Mickey From The UK, an online British Disney and Disney Parks community, raised concerns that TUI could be dropping its Bristol to Orlando flights altogether, as routes were not available to book on the TUI website. But a spokesperson for TUI told BristolWorld: “This is not true” before confirming “we will still be flying from Bristol to Melbourne Orlando Airport next summer”.
The spokesperson added that TUI is currently in the process of making ‘minor changes’ to its flying schedule, although did not outline what these changes were. A statement on the matter from the airline read: “We know our customers really value flying from their local airport, which is why we offer incredible holidays from more regional airports than any other airline.
“Bristol has always been a really popular airport for our customers and we look forward to taking customers on holiday with us throughout 2023 and beyond. From time to time we review our flying programme, which can impact a small number of flights; in this instance we will always contact customers directly and will offer the opportunity to change their flight, or offer a full refund.”
It comes after Virgin Atlantic cancelled its flights from Edinburgh to Orlando in the spring of 2023 as it overhauled its schedule to reflect customer demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The airline said its flights to the destination would resume later than planned - June 21 and not April 1.