By Ron Howells • 16 June 2021 • 10:20
EEasyJet Moves Holiday Flights Out Of UK Over Travel Restrictions. image; Wikimedia
easyJet Moves Holiday Flights Out Of UK Over Travel Restrictions.
Low-cost carrier easyJet is shifting holiday flights from the UK elsewhere into Europe, citing the British government’s restrictive Covid-19 travel rules.
The budget airlines planes that were scheduled to operate from the UK to Palma in Mallorca will instead now fly from Berlin to the Spanish destination.
A spokesperson for easyJet confirmed a report in The Independent, which said the airline has added 150,000 further seats to its intra-European network.
“We are seeing European governments progressively opening up using frameworks in place which enable travel and much of it restriction-free. This relaxation and removal of restrictions has sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe with the majority of our bookings showing a strong swing towards Europe – when in normal times it would be a 50-50 split with the UK,” said the spokesperson.
The spokesperson also said that Europe was showing how the safe reopening of travel was possible and urged the UK government to follow suit before further damage is done to the travel industry.
Earlier this month, the UK government moved Portugal moved from the green list to amber in its traffic light system, meaning arrivals from the country have to self-isolate for 10 days and take PCR tests.
This caused chaos, anger and frustration to thousands of British holidaymakers who were forced to pay over-the-top prices to get back to the UK from Portugal before the Tuesday, June 8, 4.00am deadline that was set by the government.
All other European nations except Gibraltar and Iceland are also on the amber list.
Meanwhile, easyJet officially opened its seasonal base at Faro on Tuesday, June 15, the airline’s third operating base in Portugal, added to those already operating in Lisbon and Porto.
The seasonal base will operate between March and October with three aircraft operating on 21 routes. The network will include Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester and various cities across Europe.
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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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