Holiday giant TUI will face protests today for allowing its charter flights to be used for deportations.

Human rights campaigners claim that at least 21 such flights have taken place since the start of the year.

And they fear that many of the planes are the same ones which are used to take people on holiday.

A demonstration will take place this afternoon outside TUI offices in Gordon Street, Glasgow.

Similar protests have taken place across the UK this year including London, Leeds and Liverpool.

The Stop TUI campaign says the firm is benefiting financially from the deportations, at the expense of asylum seekers’ human rights. A spokesman added: “The people we are supporting are being unjustly deported from the UK on TUI charter flights to countries where they feel their life is in danger.

“By taking a stand together outside the Glasgow store, we are telling TUI we will not let them silently get away with profiting from this treatment of human beings.

“TUI is now the No1 airline for UK deportation flights, having carried out at least 21 mass deportations since January 2021 alone.”

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Stop TUI claims refugees are being deported to countries such as Jamaica, Nigeria and Zimbabwe, as well as Vietnam.

It is against all deportations and says refugees and asylum seekers should be allowed to remain here. The spokesman added: “TUI presents itself as a family-friendly business. One aim of the Stop TUI campaign is to put pressure on the airline to stop these cruel flights, which are in contrast to their public image. You have to remember that the people being deported are human beings first.

“They are also in grave danger when they return.”

Protesters are expected to gather in George Square at 1.50pm before marching to the Gordon Street branch. It’s believed that an average of about 20 people are carried out on each deportation flight. One of the last-known flights was from Birmingham in July, which returned a similar number to Vietnam.

Protesters claim they have had previous successes in persuading other airlines such as Virgin to halt deportation flights. Last November supermodel Naomi Campbell and Line Of Duty star Thandie Newton were among public figures who called on firms like TUI not to supply planes for deportation flights.

German-owned TUI, which used to trade as Thomson’s, is the largest leisure, travel and tourism company in the world. It declined
to comment.