By Ron Howells • 12 April 2021 • 10:32
Number of people arriving in Spain grew in May.
Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair And TUI Issue Updates On Flights Cancellations For This Summer.
Jet2, easyjet, Ryanair And TUI have all issued updates regarding flights restarting this summer. According to UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, people can “start to think” about booking overseas summer holidays and announced a “framework” for the resumption of overseas leisure travel, which includes requiring all arrivals to take pre-departure and post-arrival coronavirus tests.
The Cabinet minister said it is the first time in “many months” he was not advising against booking foreign trips.
His comments came just five days after Downing Street published a document which urged people “not to book summer holidays abroad until the picture is clearer.”
Citing uncertainty over travel proposals, Jet2’s chief executive said this week that the travel company will suspend flights and holidays until at least June 23.
Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.
“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.
“Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.”
He added: “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 June 23, 2021.
easyJet has continued to operate some flights throughout the pandemic, however, these still remain subject to change at short notice, those impacted by cancellations will be contacted by the airline.
With the changing travel restrictions, easyJet has launched a ‘protection promise’ allowing customers to change their booking if their plans change.
This includes a refund guarantee for flights or holidays if they are cancelled plus a full refund for holidays if a customer changes their mind up to 28 days before.
With the travel ban protection, customers can also receive a refund for non-cancelled flights if plans are impacted by travel bans in a regional or national lockdown.
Customers also have the freedom to change flights without a fee up to 14 days before departure, and change a holiday up to 28 days before departure; and if quarantine measures come in to place last minute, easyJet’s quarantine assurance also means impacted flights can be changed without a change fee
Ryanair has said that its flight itineraries remain subject to change.
Customers who are impacted by cancellations are entitled to a full refund from the airline, or the options to rebook their journey for a later date.
Ryanair has also launched a ‘zero change fee’, which means should your plans change, there will be no fee to make amendments.
Ryanair’s Commercial Director, Jason Mc Guinness, said: “Mindful that Covid restrictions change regularly, customers can now book flights for a well-deserved break knowing that if they need to postpone or change their travel dates, they can do so up to two times with a zero change fee until the end of October 2021.”
Andrew Flintham, managing director for TUI UK and Ireland, said there was still enough time before the summer season for European countries to get coronavirus cases under control again.
Asked on BBC Breakfast recently what the most likely destinations will be when foreign travel resumes, he said: “Cyprus has come out and been very positive, Greece and Turkey have come out and been very positive, and Spain again.
“So I think all these European countries, whilst to a degree, they are struggling with their rates at the moment, we are still a significant period away from the summer season properly opening up, we are probably 11 weeks away. The world has been changing on a weekly basis, never mind an 11-weekly basis.”
You can also change your booking free of charge with TUI under new policies if you’re travelling to a destination which means you’ll need to quarantine on your return.
You can make a change fee-free up until 21 days before your original departure date if:
You can make a change fee-free up until 28 days before your original departure date if:
Source: Liverpool Echo
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