Jet2 flights and holidays have been cancelled after the UK government slapped Spain with new travel restrictions. The Foreign Office currently advises against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. What’s more, anyone returning from these destinations now has to quarantine in the UK for 14 days upon their return.
The news saw multiple airlines axe flights to Spain.
Jet2 has now revealed its new dates for when flights and holidays to Spanish shores will restart.
Trips to the islands will recommence on August 10.
Jet2 operations for mainland Spain will resume on August 17.
A spokesperson said: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend flights and holidays to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza up to and including August 9.
“We have already suspended flights and holidays to our destinations in Mainland Spain (Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia) up to and including August 16.”
Impacted Jet2 holidaymakers will be contacted by the company.
Refunds for grounded flights and holidays will be available.
“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options,” explained the Jet2 spokesperson.
“We will also be contacting customers who are currently in these destinations to advise them of their options regarding flying back to the UK, so we urge customers not to contact us.
“For customers who are due to travel to these destinations after the dates given above, we will provide an additional update once we receive more information from the government.”
The travel company is urging the UK government to better clarify the situation with Spain.
“What we need now is clarity and consistency from the government,” the spokesperson said.
“We understand that this is a fast-moving situation, however the information we are receiving is contradictory and often comes with little or no notice.
“We want to provide customers, who work hard and save hard for their well-deserved holidays, with timely information and we need this from the government.
“We would like to sincerely thank our customers for their understanding and patience.”
The Foreign Office travel advice for Spain currently states: “From 27 July, the FCO advise against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.
“This advice is based on evidence of increases in cases of COVID-19 in several regions, but particularly in Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia (which include the cities of Zaragoza, Pamplona and Barcelona).
“The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time. Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.
“If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit. You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”
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