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TUI sees huge spike in UK to Portugal bookings, to use Dreamliners on routes

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) - The boss of holiday company TUI said that bookings to Portugal from Britain skyrocketed after the southern European country was put on England’s ‘green list’ for quarantine-free travel, and it was adding capacity to meet demand.

“We are putting on Dreamliners instead of 737s, because we couldn’t even find the slots,” TUI chief executive Fritz Joussen told reporters on Wednesday.

Bookings to Portugal over the weekend of May 7-9 rose 182% compared to the previous weekend, a TUI slide showed. Portugal was put on the green list on May 7.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Michael Holden

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