• NEW direct flights launched to The Gambia from Birmingham
  • NEW flights to Goa and Punta Cana launched for winter 2020
  • Holidays reintroduced to Sharm El Sheikh from Birmingham
  • NEW hotels launched for winter 2020 and summer 2021


5th DECEMBER, LONDON – TUI, the world’s leading holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the addition of new destination The Gambia and the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh. 


The new direct flights to The Gambia from Birmingham are now on sale with weekly flights operating on a Thursday with the first flight departing on 5st November 2020.   


Long haul flying from Birmingham airport for winter 2020 will see further expansion with flights added back to popular winter destination Goa (India) and new weekly flying days to Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) giving customers even more choice.  


TUI launched holidays to Sharm El Sheikh with flights departing from February 2020 and these flights continue to operate on a Wednesday from Birmingham. From May 2020, TUI will offer both 10 and 11 night holidays to Sharm El Sheikh with an extra flight also available on a Sunday.


These new additions to the winter 2020 programme do not stop there. TUI have added additional flying days across five of its current destinations that depart from Birmingham Airport, including customer favourites Lanzarote (Canaries), Tenerife (Canaries) and Hurghada (Egypt)*. Giving customers from the West Midlands even more choice when choosing their next holiday with TUI. 


For summer 2021 Birmingham airport will see a further increase of 46,000 additional seats added. The programme will also include additional flying days for family favourite Orlando Sanford (Florida). 




Famous for the glistening red sea and amazing sandy beaches, customers can expect high quality hotels and the year round sun the region is known for.  Four hotels including old favourites along the beautiful Red Sea coast are now on sale, with even more in the pipeline.  


The EXCLUSIVE 5T TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh, is an old favourite, loved and enjoyed by customers who previously travelled back year after year.  The Magic Life concept resort is picture-perfect, overlooking the Straits of Tiran. There is really something for everyone at from a stylish spa, fitness gym, sporting activities and professional live entertainment. The all-inclusive beach resort has 3 swimming pools plus 4 restaurants offering delicious regional and international cuisine.


The elegant EXCLUSIVE 5T Reef Oasis Blue Bay includes a beautiful private beach, a waterpark and a large outdoor infinity pool perfect for cooling down in the sun and observing the stunning views. The hotel has a fantastic location, not far from the famous Naama Bay. There is so much choice when it comes to eating out – from the onsite Italian restaurant to the pub bar which serves food 24 hours a day.



Eight hotels in The Gambia are now on sale, in beach resorts including Kotu and Kololi. The Gambia is a holiday location popular with sun seekers looking to escape the winter blues and relax peacefully on the beach. This beautiful African destination has everything you would expect of a tropical paradise with miles and miles of un-crowded sands and warm clear seas.


It isn’t just for relaxing however, as The Gambia is very popular amongst those who like to explore and take in the local culture on their trip abroad. There is tonnes of history to absorb and the wildlife is out of this world, with monkeys, crocodiles and hundreds of species of birds on the doorstep. A chimpanzee rehab project is easy to reach by boat and Gambia isn’t too far from Senegal if an unforgettable Safari is on your bucket list.


The 4T Ocean Bay Hotel & Resort is planted on the postcard-worthy coast in Cape Point, a part of Bakau that is well known for its sand swept shorelines. The resort has an African Safari Lodge vibe, with wooden beams, thatched furniture and potted plants. There is a pool among the beautiful gardens, along with an outdoor bar– where monkeys can be seen swinging from the trees!


The 3T Bakotu is a family-run hotel set on the edge of an 18-hole golf course and lagoon. It’s right in the heart of Koto where you can find a market, restaurants and a beach just across the road. Nature lovers will be in their element with a viewing platform that looks directly over Kotu’s creek.


The 4T African Princess makes the most of its beachfront setting thanks to its U-shape design, with stunning views from rooms, pool and the restaurant. The hotel is situated in the quieter end of Kotu’s beaches. Swim-up rooms cover the ground floor while the upper-floor rooms boast views of the Atlantic Ocean


TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer said: “Earlier this month TUI announced its winter 2020 and summer 2021 holiday programme which has since expanded with more destinations and added flights. We are delighted that the additional flights provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go away. With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning ahead the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel.


“The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots from Birmingham airport demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.”


Tom Screen, Aviation Director of Birmingham Airport said: “We are delighted to see TUI growing its long-haul route network from Birmingham, with the return of Sharm El Sheikh from February and new services to The Gambia, Goa, Punta Cana next winter. TUI is such a popular and respected brand amongst customers and the travel industry and we are proud to be able to serve these new flights as well as the existing 53 destinations available with TUI from Birmingham.”

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