By Ron Howells •
Published: 12 May 2021 • 7:41
Jet2holidays 'In Discussions' Over Cut Price PCR Testing Deal. image: Jet2 Media
Jet2holidays ‘In Discussions’ Over Cut Price PCR Testing Deal.
Jet2holidays has said it is “working on” a deal to offer discounted PCR tests for its customers but wants to guarantee results will be ready before departure “100% of the time” first.
Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy told a Travel Weekly webcast that it was in conversations with testing providers and hoping to strike a deal. However, he was adamant the operator would not allow a deal whereby there was a chance customers could end up missing their holidays if test results were not delivered in time due to delays etc.
“It’s fine getting a test for £20 but if you don’t get it back in time, you’re knackered – you can’t go on holiday,” he said.
Addressing rival Tui’s recent agreement to offer tests for £20, he questioned: “What are the service levels like? What guarantees are given as to whether the test will be returned on time? That’s something we’re spending a lot of time and effort on.
“If we sign a deal with a company, we expect the test results back 100% of the time, as per the agreed schedule, because the worst thing you could do is get people’s hopes up.
“After the last 15 months we’ve had, say they have a test ready to go away, and then they don’t get the results back in time, you’ve then got to tell your two little children they’re not going on holiday because this cheap deal that you got wasn’t as good as it first looked. So that’s our big focus.”
The Euro Weekly News is running a campaign to help reunite Brits in Spain with their family and friends by capping the costs of PCR tests for travel. Please help us urge the government to cap costs at https://euroweeklynews.com/2021/04/16/ewn-champions-the-rights-of-brits-in-spain-to-see-loved-ones-again/
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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