Despite the local economy being desperate to see the return of tourists, businesses and may have been scuppered over any plans for an Easter boom as low cost flyers cancel more flight. Jet2 has cancelled all Spanish flights and holidays until 14th April, having previously suspended flights until the end of March. However, with international restrictions showing no signs of lifting, it has now decided to cancel all flights until 14th April. Therefore, anyone who wanted to travel at Easter will be disappointed.
Brits are currently not permitted to travel for leisure purposes and there is no indication of how long the tough restrictions will continue or even if people will be able to travel to Spain in the coming months. Ryanair has been cancelling flights on-and-off since the summer and it looks like the new schedules aren’t safe either; as they are been constantly adjusted and flight cancelled leaving passengers frustrated. The Jet2 announcement has added to the misery for second-home owners and those hoping to see friends and family so flight options dwindle.
In a statement posted on social media, Jet2 said: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty and travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 14th April 2021.
“Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, our industry-leading and prompt refunding of over 1 billion pounds has been widely praised, and we will continue to automatically cancel affected bookings with a full refund.”
Anyone who has a pre-booking from 15th April onwards will be contacted by Jet2 nearer the time, once it has decided on a course of action depending on the epidemiological situation in the UK and destination locations.
This comes hot on the heels of the British Government’s decision to implement mandatory hotel quarantine for travellers from 33 high risk countries. Those travelling to the UK form the hot 33 will be obliged to pay £1,750 for the 10-day quarantine and two PCR tests. Those travelling from Spain are not currently being subjected to the hotel quarantine but will be required to self-isolate at home for 10 days and also provide two Covid tests.
The new moves leave people even more uncertain about booking flights only to have them cancelled.