Jet2 extends cancellation of holidays to Canary and Balearic Islands in blow to tourists

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    Budget airline Jet2 announced today it has extended the suspension of flights to the Balearic and Canary Islands until August 16. The move will come as no surprise to countless Britons who have been forced to cancel their holidays and change their flights. Yesterday, the Foreign Office said that it would be axing three more countries from the “air bridge” list after a rise in coronavirus infection rates.

    “Because of the uncertainty caused by the government’s blanket ban approach when it comes to travelling to these destinations, we have staggered start dates and will be making some additional adjustments to our flying programmes, meaning that some flights on and beyond this date may be cancelled.

    “Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we will be contacting them directly to discuss our options, including rebooking with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund.

    “For bookings due to travel to the Balearic and Canary Islands after the date outlined above, we will provide an additional update once we receive further information from the government.”

    Last month, the tour operator said it would fly Britons home from Spain early.

    The measure was put in place to stop there being so many empty planes.

    The FCO changed its advice after regional outbreaks of coronavirus.

    Catalonia, Navarra and Aragon were three of the worst hit.

    The FCO website said: “The FCO is not advising those already travelling in Spain to leave at this time.

    “Travellers should follow the advice of the local authorities on how best to protect themselves and others, including any measures that they bring in to control the virus.

    “If you are returning from Spain you will be required to self-isolate on your return to the UK, but the FCO is not advising you to cut short your visit.

    “You should contact your tour operator or airline if you have any questions about your return journey.”

    Currently, Spain has had over 354,000 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing.



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