Not only is Finland an important market for TUI, but the country is also a destination in its own right. The province of Lapland in northern Finland is a favorite winter holiday spot for TUI’s customers and over the coming season, TUI will fly nearly 50,000 holidaymakers to Lapland from the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal.
Photo: Naming ceremony was held at Rovaniemi airport with Santa Claus
The work to create a true TUI Winter Wonderland starts months in advance. This year’s preparations began in June and right now 200 elves, 56 reps and 33 entertainers from the TUI family are based in Rovaniemi, Kittilä and Ivalo.
All of them are dedicated to making holidaymakers’ Christmas dreams come true this holiday season. Guests will enjoy snowmobile rides, cookie making, sleigh rides around the snow village and last but not least, a visit to Santa Claus himself.
Finland is also the place where TUI’s cruise ships are built. The Meyer Turku shipyard in the southern Finnish city of Turku built two vessels for TUI Cruises in 2018 and 2019 and in June of this year, construction began on another cruise ship for TUI’s fleet: the Mein Schiff 7.
TUI Group is planning to put its five airlines in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom under a single management team according to Handelsblatt.
TUI says the goal is to “take the complexity out of the system”, creating an airline and travel group that can “hold its own in competition”.
However each AOC and brand will be retained in their respective countries.
In other news, the TUI Group has successfully completed the sale of its minority stake in a property portfolio to the Riu family. The portfolio which was previously held jointly between TUI and RIU consists of 21 properties, comprising 19 existing buildings and two in development. The divestment only includes the ownership of these properties. The operation and marketing of these hotels will continue to be carried out by the 50:50 joint venture between TUI and RIU. As a result, TUI ties up less capital in property ownership and concentrates on its core business, the operation and marketing of hotels.
TUI had agreed and announced the sale in May 2021. The total portfolio was valued at 1.5 billion euros. For its 49 percent minority stake, TUI has received an initial purchase price payment of 541 million euros today and can receive an additional earn-out of around 130 million euros until 2023.
The transaction has been closed in a continued difficult market environment and generated a significant book gain of around 200 million euros. As announced previously, the proceeds will be used to reduce the Group’s Corona debt.
BOC Aviation Limited has announced that it has delivered the seventh of seven new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft for lease to TUI Travel Aviation Finance Limited. All aircraft are powered by CFM LEAP-1B engines.
TUI is the world’s leading tourism group. The broad portfolio gathered under the Group umbrella consists of strong tour operators, 1,600 travel agencies and leading online portals, five airlines with around 150 aircraft, over 400 hotels, 15 cruise liners and many incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe.
TUI Group has issued this financial report for the fiscal year (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020):
Global reorientation measures accelerated and cost target raised: annual savings of 400 million euros announced
Demand for travel is rising: 50 percent of the program for May 2021 already booked
Summer 2021: average prices +14 percent – bookings 3 percent higher than for summer 2019
Revenue in Corona year reaches 7.9 billion euros1 (previous year: 18.9 billion euros)
Significant cost reductions limit loss for the full year:underlying EBIT -3.0 billion euros1 (previous year: 893.5 million euros)
TUI has liquid funds amounting to 2.5 billion euros2
CEO Fritz Joussen: “Very rapid cost and liquidity measures, an accelerated realignment and our flexible business model have enabled us to steer the Group through the crisis. TUI is ready for a speedy and successful resumption of travel activities as soon as the lockdowns are lifted and destinations reopen. The prospect of vaccinations from the beginning of the year will significantly increase demand for summer holidays in 2021. We are prepared for a new start after the crisis”.
TUI is preparing intensively for a new start in 2021 after the corona crisis year 2020. The pandemic is not over, but there is light at the end of the tunnel and the prospects for tourism and for TUI are good. The demand for holiday travel is there – consumers in all age groups say that traveling is one of the most missed activities for them in the Corona year. 2021 will be a transition year for tourism, and 2022 is expected to see a return to pre-Corona levels. In particular, the holiday sector will recover faster than the sector as a whole. TUI had made an excellent start to the financial year before the outbreak of the pandemic, but the worldwide travel warnings since March 2020 then forced the Group to largely discontinue business. Among other things, there was no Easter business, no travel at Whitsun and only very limited summer business in the Corona crisis year 2020. The Group introduced cost-cutting and financing measures at an early stage and accelerated the global realignment. In addition to securing additional liquidity, extensive cost-cutting projects were launched. The long-term goal of reducing annual costs has been raised from the previous 300 million euros to the current 400 million euros.
Fritz Joussen, CEO of the TUI Group: “The rapid measures to cut costs and secure liquidity are important for the Group. They are a stable foundation for the future. TUI was in perfect health before the crisis and we want to return to our former strength as quickly as possible. The market is intact, our business model is future-proof and customer demand is there. Holiday travel remains very relevant for people. At the same time, international tourism is strengthening the southern euro zone and North Africa in a special way. We are very well positioned to resume operations on a larger scale as soon as the lockdowns are lifted and destinations are reopened. Our business model with our own tour operators, the travel agencies, aircraft, hotels and ships under the TUI umbrella makes a resumption possible very quickly. The prospect of successful vaccinations from the beginning of the year makes us confident. All indicators point to a successful restart of the travel business as soon as the pandemic is over. We are prepared for this new start. We are consistently continuing the change we have initiated in order to be better and more efficient after the crisis”.
Group transformation accelerated – TUI becomes more digital, leaner, more efficient
The transformation and expansion of the Group’s digital platforms, which was initiated before the crisis, is being implemented consistently and has received a further boost in the pandemic. In all areas of the Group, the pandemic has further accelerated the digitalization of the business. Wherever it is in the interest of the customer, services will be digitalized even more in the future. The maxim is more and better service for the benefit of the customer. At the same time, digitalization offers considerable potential for efficiency and cost reduction. A comprehensive cost-reduction program was launched in the spring.
Cost reductions implemented in the short term limit loss for the year as a whole – revenue at around 8 billion euros
The first five months of the 2020 financial year (October 2019 to February 2020) were very successful for TUI, with a record booking rate of +14 per cent in January. In mid-March, the Group had to completely discontinue all travel activities due to the worldwide travel warnings. The tourism group was only able to generate revenue again when it was able to fly its first holiday guests to Majorca in mid-June in a pilot project and a limited resumption of operations from July onwards. Greece was particularly strong as a holiday destination in 2020. Since the new start in the summer, TUI has safely made holidays possible for more than two million guests. Underlying EBIT on a constant currency basis totaled -3.0 billion euros1 (previous year 893.5 million euros). Revenue amounted to 7.9 billion euros and was 58 per cent down on the previous year (18.9 billion euros). The sale of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to the joint venture TUI Cruises, jointly operated with the Royal Caribbean Group, was initiated before the crisis. The transaction was successfully completed in the summer despite the difficult crisis environment. The proceeds additionally improved the Group’s liquidity. In addition, TUI had reached an agreement with Boeing to compensate for the consequences of the 737 MAX flight ban.
Financing and liquidity secured for ongoing pandemic
In view of the persistently volatile market environment and the continuing travel restrictions, TUI AG has agreed an additional financing package totaling 1.8 billion euros with private investors, banks and the German government. The package agreed last week includes a capital increase with subscription rights of around 500 million euros, the Group’s anchor shareholder has already confirmed his participation. It also includes a convertible silent participation of the Economic Stabilization Fund in the amount of 420 million euros. The financing package strengthens TUI’s position against the backdrop of increasing travel restrictions due to a renewed rise in the number of infections and the associated shorter-term booking behavior of some customers. The Group is securing liquidity during the ongoing pandemic.
Forecast for resumption of extensive travel activities in 2021 not reliably possible
Due to the continuing high incidence of infection and the resulting lockdowns in the markets and only a few available travel corridors, it is not possible at this stage to make a reliable forecast of the extent and period of travel activity in 2021. At present, trips from the most important core markets can be made in particular to the Canary Islands as a popular winter destination. Cruises around the Canary Islands without shore leave (Blue Voyages) also take place.
Total bookings across all markets for winter 2020/21 are currently 82 per cent lower than in the previous year, roughly in line with the reduced capacities. Average prices are four per cent higher. Bookings for summer 2021 are three per cent higher than for the regular summer 2019. Average prices for the summer 2021 program are currently 14 per cent higher than for 2020.
Positive outlook for the tourism sector and TUI after the pandemic
The unbroken high level of consumer interest in holidays promises a rapid recovery for the holiday sector if the Corona situation eases. Tourism will remain a growth industry in the long term. As a safe and reliable form of travel, package tours in particular will play an important role in the resumption of travel. The cruise segment is also expected to see a complete resumption of business as soon as vaccines become widely available. The restart of cruises in summer 2020 has demonstrated the great interest of customers. With strong holiday brands, differentiated products and broad-based distribution in the key European markets, TUI is well positioned to get back on track successfully after the pandemic.
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1) Pro forma calculation according to IAS 17
2) As of 30 November 2020, including 3rd financing package and redemption of the senior bond in the amount of 300 million euros
Increase of the existing KfW tranche by EUR 1.05 billion and Convertible Bond for EUR 150 million
Stabilisation package strengthens TUI’s position in a volatile market environment over the 2020/21 winter season and in the case of any further long-term travel restrictions and disruptions due to COVID-19
TUI would thus currently have cash and available facilities of 2.4 billion euros
TUI and KfW have agreed to extend the existing KfW credit line by 1.05 billion euros. The drawing of this amount is subject to TUI issuing a Convertible Bond in the amount of 150 million euros to the Economic Stabilisation Fund (WSF) and a waiver by the bondholders of the Senior Notes due in October 2021. Both conditions as well as other formal requirements need to be fulfilled by 30 September 2020.
The €1.2 billion stabilisation package strengthens the Group’s position and would provide sufficient liquidity in this volatile market environment. This will cover both the seasonal swing in tourism through winter 2020/21 and other long-term travel restrictions and disruptions related to COVID-19.
Including the funds from the additional stabilisation package, TUI AG would thus have cash and credit facilities of 2.4 billion euros.
TUI CEO Fritz Joussen: “The additional stabilisation package allows us to focus on the operations and at the same time to drive forward the realignment of the Group. Already before the pandemic, we had initiated the next transformation of TUI: the transformation into a digital platform company. This transformation will now be significantly accelerated. Our integrated business model is intact. Summer holidays are taking place again in all markets. We introduced massive cost reductions early and implemented them quickly and consistently. However, no one knows at present when a vaccine or medication will be available and what effects the pandemic will have in individual markets in the coming months. Therefore, it is right and important to take further precautions together with the German Federal government. Since the lifting of travel restrictions for most European destinations, TUI has benefited from a partial restart of the programme for summer 2020. As customers start their holidays and increasingly book future trips, the Group is generating revenue again. Hotels of the TUI hotel brands also reopened and the first cruises from Germany were launched.
Like the first KfW loan of 1.8 billion euros, which was granted in April, the second KfW loan is topping up the existing bank credit facility (“Revolving Credit Facility”, RCF). The necessary changes have already almost been implemented with the RCF bank consortium.
The potential Convertible Bond with an initial term of six years would be acquired by the WSF after the conclusion of a takeover agreement. The bond would bear interest at a rate of 9.5 per cent. TUI has a right of redemption as soon as the loan of 1.05 billion euros has been repaid. TUI would issue the Convertible Bond under exclusion of subscription rights and use an existing capital reserve resolution for this purpose. If fully converted, this would currently represent a share in TUI of up to nine per cent.
The conversion price per share would be fixed at 60 percent of the average stock price prior to the issuance, but would not be below 2.56 euros.
The first KfW loan is subject to conditions, including that TUI may not pay any dividends during the term of the loan and that restrictions apply to share buybacks. The stabilisation measure provides for further restrictions, for example on investments in other companies and on the remuneration of the members of the Executive Board, as long as the WSF remains invested.
The additional KfW loan is also subject to the provison that the holders of the bond maturing in October 2021 waive any future limitation of TUI’s indebtedness.oday leading travel companies TUI and Booking.com announced a strategic global experiences, activities and excursions partnership, providing millions of Booking.com customers worldwide with direct access to the rapidly growing activities segment of TUI and its digital subsidiary Musement. The contracts have been signed and the cooperation will start in summer 2020.
Supervisory Board supports restructuring plans and mandates management to negotiate with works councils and trade unions
Existing employment guarantee until the end of 2021 for all German TUI companies also applies to the restructuring of TUI fly
Commitment to company headquarters and the airline base Hanover: Hanover and Düsseldorf remain the largest bases of the TUI fly fleet
TUI fly Germany Managing Director Oliver Lackmann explains after the meeting of the Supervisory Board of TUI fly GmbH in Hanover:
“At the June 18 meeting, the management again presented the plans for the restructuring of the German holiday airline to the TUI fly Supervisory Board and explained in detail the need for changes. There is no doubt that these are major changes and cutbacks for our employees and for the company. Nobody takes the decision lightly, neither I myself as managing director and flight captain nor the supervisory board. But the TUI fly fleet is too large for the customer base of our German TUI tour operator. We must reduce this fleet and work more closely together within the five airlines of the Group. Otherwise, as a premium provider of holiday flights, we will further increase our competitive disadvantage over other airlines.
Even before the Coronavirus pandemic, the German airline market was characterised by considerable overcapacity and a fierce price competition. The coronavirus pandemic has led to severe disruptions in the airline sector, especially for holiday flyers. The regular business of TUI fly has come to a complete standstill since mid-March. According to forecasts, air traffic in the coming year will still be significantly lower than the volume in 2019. Even in the peak season, the TUI fly fleet was not able to achieve a cost-covering occupancy rate before Coronavirus. In the past, between 14 and seven aircraft with crews were permanently leased to Air Berlin and later to Eurowings. These were thus aircraft and seats which we as a tour operator were unable to fill with our own customers. The situation has now become even more difficult due to the pandemic. In the long-term interests of all employees of our airline – and in the interests of TUI as a whole – we must make TUI fly fit for the future.
We want to come to an agreement with the representatives of the workforce as quickly as possible. The Supervisory Board of TUI fly has mandated the management to enter into negotiations with the works councils and the trade unions. The negotiations are also based on the employment protection scheme in place until the end of 2021, agreed with the Group Employee Council for all TUI Group companies in Germany. It excludes dismissals for operational reasons with effect before the end of 2021. We see this agreement, which has been in place since 2019, as an opportunity to make the restructuring as socially responsible as possible. The Supervisory Board also underlined this goal today. We are very aware that the reduction of each individual position is about colleagues who are highly loyal to their airline. Our aim is to secure as many jobs as possible in TUI fly in the long term. However, this will only succeed if we adjust the size of the airline to a healthy and future-proof level. We will take into account the interests of the employees, the Hanover airport location and TUI as a whole in our decisions. We are now at the beginning, not at the end, of the negotiations on the design of the restructuring. The core of the plans is the announced adjustment of the fleet to about half of the current 39 aircraft.
In addition, central functions are to be more closely integrated across all five Group airlines. In a first step, TUI’s European airlines will be merged under one company. This central flight division for TUI Group airlines will be based in Hanover.
TUI fly plans to cut jobs in technical, administrative and crew functions since fewer aircraft will be used. In future, TUI fly intends to concentrate on the departure airports of Hanover and Düsseldorf as the largest fleet locations, as well as Frankfurt, Munich and Stuttgart”.
Currently there are five airlines in the TUI Group operating around 150 medium- and long-haul aircraft, including the largest fleet of the Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airlines are TUI Airways, TUI fly, TUI fly Belgium, TUI fly Netherlands and TUI fly Nordic, serving more than 180 destinations around the world.
TUI fly Germany made this announcement (translated from German):
The decision for long-haul flights at TUI fly in Germany has been made and confirmed by the TUI Group.
With the beginning of the winter timetable 2020/21, TUI fly will start long-distance flights from Germany.
Two Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will fly to destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico.
“An agreement with the social partners makes the decision for the long haul flights possible. Strategically, the long-haul segment brings several advantages for the TUI Group: The feeder flights for cruises of the “Mein Schiff” fleet of TUI Cruises are operated under their own flag. The TUI Group is strong on long-haul destinations and owns a comprehensive hotel portfolio in the Caribbean. The approach of long-haul destinations, such as the Cape Verde Islands, is also being considered. There, the TUI Group has a strong presence with its own hotel brands such as RIU, Robinson and TUI Blue, “says Oliver Lackmann, Managing Director of TUIfly GmbH.”
On the way to truly nationwide coverage in Germany and Austria, Eurowings is now set to integrate Nuremberg Airport into its offering as one of its own bases. With one aircraft stationed there, Europe’s fastest growing airline will offer flights from Franconia to the leisure resorts of Majorca, Heraklion, Catania and Olbia from the end of March. This means that Nuremberg will become Eurowings’ twelfth base.
A further flight on Sunday evening will also increase the frequency on the existing Berlin/Tegel-Nuremberg route.
The new Nuremberg routes will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 which Eurowings has leased from TUI fly. The aircraft will depart for Palma de Majorca eight times a week, it will fly to both Catania and Olbia airports on the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia twice a week and to Heraklion on the Greek island of Crete every Monday and Friday.
The opening of a base in Nuremberg is yet another milestone for Eurowings in a phase of rapid growth. Oliver Wagner, CCO of Eurowings, “With more than 30 million passengers carried last year, Eurowings has clearly become one of the top three in Europe’s low-cost airlines. We are consolidating this status with further growth this year from Germany and Austria. After introducing many new routes from Munich, the addition of Nuremberg now completes our offering in the south of Germany. From a business point of view, we are expecting a very successful launch in Nuremberg, mainly due to the flights to Majorca and three other attractive holiday islands.”
By basing an aircraft there, the airline is also contributing to the retention of jobs in the key aviation industry in Nuremberg. Around 30 flying staff will then work directly for Eurowings, many more will be employed at Nuremberg Airport in connection with the new flight offering.
Eurowings‘ new route offering is a welcome addition for both business and private travellers throughout the Nuremberg metropolitan area and complements the existing domestic German offering perfectly. Eurowings is the fourth airline to base an aircraft at Nuremberg Airport. This shows us that Northern Bavaria is an attractive market for airlines and the airport has very efficient processes,” says Dr. Michael Hupe, the airport’s Managing Director.
Eurowings is also continuing to expand its good reputation as a holiday airline. In addition to major European cities, more and more attractive holiday destinations are being added to the flight schedule. Eurowings now offers flights to Majorca, which is the focus of the launch in Nuremberg, from more than 20 airports in Germany and Austria. This makes the airline, part of the Lufthansa Group, one of the three most important airlines on the sunshine island in the Mediterranean.
And soon Eurowings will also be heavily involved in the long-haul in Southern Germany: in summer, flights will be offered from Munich to ten overseas destinations in Central America, North America, South Africa and Asia. The new routes from Nuremberg supplement the Eurowings offering in Bavaria which now includes a wide choice of attractive flight destinations in Germany, Europe and worldwide.
TUI fly Deutschland, formerly TUIfly, is a German leisure airline owned by the travel and tourism company, TUI Group.
TUI AG‘s Supervisory Board has given the green light on November 23, 2016 for further steps with the goal to create a new European airline joint venture with Etihad Aviation Group. TUI Group’s supervisory body approved the plan to contribute its German leisure airline subsidiary TUI fly GmbH (TUIfly-TUI Airlines Germany) to a joint venture with Etihad. Etihad is in negotiations with Airberlin to acquire its touristic operations primarily in Southern Europe and North Africa, and including Airberlin’s participation in Niki, with the objective to contribute it to the joint venture.
The new airline joint venture, headquartered in Vienna, is planned to serve a broad route network with its two airlines, TUI fly and Niki, a total fleet of around 60 aircraft and a seat capacity of 15 million seats per year, operating from key departure airports in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
TUI AG is to hold a stake of 24.8% in the joint venture, with Etihad holding 25% of the interests. The remaining 50.2% would be held by the existing private foundation Niki Privatstiftung.
The commitments made to the TUI fly employees remain in place and are currently being further negotiated and specified. This includes the commitments to the Hanover location.
The contractual negotiations between all involved stakeholders are expected to be finalized in the next few weeks. Details regarding the future joint venture will be jointly presented by Etihad and TUI after successful completion of the negotiations.
The planned joint venture is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust and aviation authorities.
In the summer of 2007, Hapag-Lloyd Express (HLX) and Hapagfly merged to form TUIfly. The airline is a wholly-owned enterprise of the TUI Group, the world’s leading tourism troup with headquarters in Hanover, Germany. TUIfly flies to the classic holiday regions all around the Mediterranean, the Canary and Cape Verde Islands, Madeira and Egypt for TUI and other tour operators. By the summer of 2014, TUIfly used 40 Boeing 737 aircraft to fly to these destinations. TUIfly headquarters are at the Hanover Airport.
Top Copyright Photo: TUI Airlines (Germany) Boeing 737-86J SSWL D-ABKI (msn 37748) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 933944.