Jet2 cancels all flights and holidays until 1 July after shock traffic light update

Jun 4, 2021

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There was plenty of surprise and disappointment throughout the U.K. travel industry this week following the U.K’s first update to its traffic light system, but count Jet2 near the top of the list. The leisure airline has pushed back its planned summer relaunch again, canceling all flights until 1 July after the U.K. government issued a travel update that saw no countries added to the green list, and Portugal already moved from green to amber.

All affected customers will have their bookings cancelled and be issued a full refund.

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In announcing the move, and Jet2 Holidays CEO Steve Heapy sharply criticised UK officials for its decision making. “We know how disappointed our customers and independent travel agency partners will be following today’s announcement, and we share their concerns and frustrations,” he said.

He went on to question why government officials did not add more countries to the green list, despite several nations having declining infection rates and rising vaccination rates. “When you apply the government’s own criteria for making decisions about travel,” Heapy said, “We simply cannot understand why more destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are not allowed to open to U.K. holidaymakers.”

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Jet2 also delayed its resumption of flights to Turkey until 22 July at the earliest, because the popular destination for UK travellers remains on the UK’s red list, which has the strictest travel requirements. While ordinarily British travellers would be flocking to sunny beaches of Turkey in their thousands as summer heats up, right now they can expect an expensive, mandatory hotel quarantine when they return home to the U.K.

Thursday’s review of the traffic light travel system yielded great disappointment as many in the travel industry were hoping to see more countries, such as popular destinations for UK travellers like Greece and Spain, joining the green list, even if on a regional-only basis. The already small and obscure list of destinations Brits can travel to without quarantining on their way home shrunk with the latest announcement, especially with Portugal moving from green to amber.

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