Published on April 9th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Jet2 Extends Suspension of Flights to June
Jet2 has extended its suspension of flights up to and including the 23rd of June. Having previously announced the suspension of flights in January until the end of March, the airline was left with no alternative following the publication of the framework today by the UK Government. A spokesperson for Jet2 said that, after several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.
Speaking about the delayed return to travel for Jet2 customers, Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2 said, “We know how much our customers want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays. We have seen buoyant confidence levels from UK holidaymakers, as well as strong demand for our ATOL protected package holidays and leisure flights. We are trying to run a business so that we can take customers away, but we need the Government to provide us with clarity to achieve this. Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021. Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, we will automatically cancel their booking with a full refund, and our team of travel experts will be in touch to help them to book their summer getaway for later in the year. It has been over a year since international travel was first suspended because of the pandemic. Much has been achieved in that time, making it even more frustrating that we are still to receive a clear framework on how to restart international travel. We know it can be done, in a safe and secure way, and we will continue to support the Government to achieve this. The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will of course continue to be our number one priority, and we look forward to taking our customers on their well-deserved holidays once again. We welcome the Government’s ambition to reopen travel, however, the time has come for the industry to receive the necessary detail to make this happen.”
Jet2 operate numerous routes from Belfast International all year round, mostly to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands. The cancellation is due to the restrictions in place across the UK.