Published on June 5th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer0
Jet2 Extends Suspension of Flights to July
Having previously announced they would restart operations in March and then June, Jet2 Airlines have now pushed back their start date to July following the latest restrictions from the UK Government. The airline has now stated that it will restart operations to the sun destinations across the Mediterranean on 1st July with flights to Turkey following a few weeks later on 22nd July as Turkey remains on the RED List for UK visitors.
In a statement released on the airline’s website, the CEO Steve Heapy said, “We know how disappointed our customers and independent travel agency partners will be following today’s announcement, and we share their concerns and frustrations. The UK Government has repeatedly stated that it is making decisions based on infection and vaccination rates, yet many destinations continue to be left off the Green List despite having low infection rates and high vaccination rates. When you apply the Government’s own criteria for making decisions about travel, we simply cannot understand why more destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are not allowed to open to UK holidaymakers. We are now calling for complete openness and transparency when it comes to the data so that customers and the industry can really understand what is driving these decisions. We agree that public health must be the number one priority. However, despite all the evidence and data showing that travel can restart safely and at scale, the UK continues to remain largely grounded whilst the rest of Europe opens up.
For any destinations currently on the UK Amber List, Jet2 will allow customers to amend their booking free of charge if they are due to travel between 1st July and 21st July 2021. The airline has already refunded over £1.3 billion to customers that have had their travel plans affected by the pandemic. Jet2 operated to over 30 destinations across Europe from Belfast International Airport prior to the pandemic