TUI Fly Belgium To Launch Two New Eastern European Services

TUI fly Belgium will be introducing two new seasonal services to Eastern Europe next summer. The carrier will be flying to Ohrid in North Macedonia and Pula in Croatia.

TUI Boeing 737-700 Next Generation
TUI fly Belgium is the Zaventem-based subsidiary of European travel powerhouse TUI. Photo: TUI

A Balkan affair

World Airline News reports that from June 6, 2020, the airline will fly to Ohrid from Brussels weekly. Flights to the historical destination are already available to book, starting at a price of €89.99 ($100).

TUI promotes the location as one of the oldest settlements in North Macedonia. It highlights Samuel’s Fortress and the Church of Saint Clement of Ohrid as key areas of interest. Additionally, the region is laden with nature, including the mountainous Lake Ohrid.

Some stunning views will be on display at the various natural wonders of Ohrid. Photo: TUI

Meanwhile, operations to Pula will be completed twice a week from Brussels. These flights will begin on April 25th and finish on October 2nd, 2020. Tickets for these flights are already on sale and are at the same price as the other new flight.

Pula is the biggest city in the peninsula of Istria. Despite the warm climate and Mediterranean beaches, this area is also known for its history. TUI hopes to transport passengers to see sites such as the Roman landmarks of Arena and the Arch of Sergii.

The famous Mediterranean blue waters are complemented by Pula’s historical architecture. Photo: TUI

Company progress

TUI fly Belgium is the brand name of TUI Airlines Belgium, which is an arm of the Germany-headquartered TUI Group. The company’s venture into these two Balkan cities shows its intent to join additional tourist destinations into its network.

TUI will be hoping to make up on lost revenue due to the groundings if the 737 MAX. The firm could lose up to €400m in 2029 if its MAX planes are still restricted by April.

TUI fly Belgium has four 737 MAX 8s in storage while regulators and Boeing work to get the aircraft type approved to fly once again. Photo: TUI

This expansion will help the airline diversify its revenue streams in emerging markets. Tourism in the Balkans is going by the year. Its mix of scenery, warm weather and history is making it an increasingly popular region to visit. Top Hotel News reports that North Macedonia’s tourism grew by 22 percent in 2018.

Meanwhile, The Independent reports that Croatia’s spike in tourism has forced the government to increase its tourist tax by 25 percent.

TUI is in a position to dominate the travel market even further next decade. The fall of Thomas Cook has given the business new ground, which it is already capitalizing on with launches of new routes such as these.

Simple Flying reached out to TUI fly Belgium for comment on its expansion into Eastern Europe. However, we did not hear back before publication. We will update the article with any further announcements.

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