Flights and holidays have been a complicated affair in recent months. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) changing travel advice has proved a headache for many tourists. Last week Croatia was taken off the ‘safe’ list and France and Spain before that, along with a selection of other countries.
Anyone returning from these destinations now has to quarantine for 14 days.
Airlines have had different responses to the new travel rules with some axing flights while others have stood their ground.
Needless to stay, it’s all a bit confusing.
So here are the latest updates from easyJet, TUI, Ryanair, BA and Jet2 to guide you through.
easyJet continues to fly off to the UK’s favourite holiday destinations, with France, Spain and Croatia flights still offered by the budget airline.
However, easyJet has cancelled its package holidays to France.
Last week, easyJet announced it is closing its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.
From September 1, no planes will fly to and from 21 destinations using Southend Airport.
A reduced operation will run from Stansted and Newcastle.
TUI has altered many of its flight routes as a result of government travel rules changing.
Currently, the airline only operates holidays to Greece, Italy and Turkey.
Portugal will be added to the list on August 29 followed by Jamaica from September 2.
Holidays booked between July 23 and September 30 can be changed for free, with the holiday brand offering customers COVID-cover until the end of the year.
Ryanair also continues to serve all the popular holiday destinations, including Spain and France.
Unfortunately, those who choose not to fly due to FCO rules will not be able to receive a refund.
However, Ryanair has dropped its flight change fees for all new bookings made for travel in July, August and September with travel up to December 31.
The carrier recently announced that it would be reducing its flight capacity by almost 20 percent in September and October.
BA is another airline continuing operations to countries on the FCO’s quarantine list.
However, British Airways customers can change the dates and destination of their booking without incurring a change fee, although they will need to pay any difference in price.
What’s more, if you decide you no longer want to travel, you can cancel your booking and BA will give you a voucher to the same value for a future booking.
Jet2 was quick to amend its flights to destinations impacted by the government’s changes to the travel corridor list.
The airline is currently operating a reduced flying programme with some flights not going ahead.
The airline has said that they are contacting any affected customers in “departure date order” who are impacted by the changes.
However, Jet2 recently announced that it will be restarting its flights to Spain, the Canary and Balearic Islands next weekend, despite the country remaining on the UK quarantine list.
Flights to Portugal have also restarted this week after the country was added to the ‘safe’ list.
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