Cheap TUIfly Flights
The German airline TUIfly is part of the larger TUI Airlines Group. A newcomer to the airline industry, TUIfly began operations in early 2007 by combining two former German airlines. The new airline operates both charter flights and low cost flights, the latter intended to compete with European budget airlines like Ryanair, easyJet and WizzAir. Unlike most other low cost airlines, however, the seats on a TUIfly flight are assigned in advance when passengers check in – it is not done on a first come, first served basis. TUIfly generally does not offer free meals or drinks, though, which is very typical of the other budget carriers.
As you might expect from a small European airline, TUIfly serves mainly European destinations. Beyond Europe, however, the airline serves cities in Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, and the Canary and Madeira Islands.
TUIfly uses Cologne Bonn Airport and Hannover Airport as its main hubs, and considers Stuttgart Airport, Leipzing/Halle Airport and Memmingen Airport to be focus cities. Less than six months after it was launched, TUIfly had already announced that longtime British airline Thomsonfly (also under the TUI Airlines umbrella) would be rebranded with the TUIfly look and logo.
As yet, TUIfly is not a member of an airline alliance, although that might come with time. The airline has its own frequent flyer program, called bluemiles, which partners with some car rental agencies and hotels to earn miles in addition to actual flight miles.