Security checks, terminals full of hurrying passengers and the general rush of the pre-Christmas season – it’s all behind the passengers now. On Christmas Eve, the skies offer unlimited freedom – and more. “All our passengers are usually relaxed, joyfully spreading Christmas cheer,” says Mihaela Marschall, TUIfly Cabin Division Manager Frankfurt. “Our Christmas Eve services are really something special, because all passengers and crews are looking forward to Christmas. You can clearly feel the Christmas spirit.”
On 24 December, the airline operates around 30 flights for more than 4,000 passengers. Almost all of them travel to the Canaries. For TUIfly, too, Christmas Eve offers a little breathing space. “Of course, the festive season generally is a strong travel season, but on Christmas Eve itself, passenger numbers are relatively small,” says Mihaela Marschall. Unlike what many people may think, Christmas is not the world’s biggest air travel event – the biggest such events are Thanksgiving in the US and the Chinese New Year.