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TUI, Jet2, easyJet and Ryanair latest flight and holiday updates

Boris Johnson said: "A successor to the global travel task force will report by April 12 so that people can plan for the summer.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap for easing coronavirus restrictions states that foreign trips will not be allowed until May 17 at the earliest.

As part of what Mr Johnson called "our journey back towards normality" there will be four reviews put in place.

One of these reviews will "consider the resumption of international travel which is vital for many businesses which have been hardest hit including retail, hospitality, tourism and aviation," according to Mr Johnson. Learn more about the roadmap for foreign travel.

He went on to say: “A successor to the global travel task force will report by April 12 so that people can plan for the summer.”

Right now only essential international travel is allowed, and holidays are banned.

In the meantime, the Government has imposed a 10-day hotel quarantine to UK nationals or residents returning from any country on the "red list".

The airlines have responded to the disruption with reduced schedules and flight suspensions.

Here's the latest advice from four major airlines in the UK.

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EasyJet

In the latest advice on its website, the airline said: "We are planning to operate as many flights as possible over the coming days.

"Due to a number of governments imposing travel entry bans on flights arriving from certain countries, or imposing travel restrictions on passengers who are non-residents or non-citizens of the respective countries, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing you and understand that you may wish to change your travel plans."

The company also said that it would continue to review its flying programme to the Netherlands in the coming weeks, after the recent announcement by the Dutch Government advising essential travel only until the end of March.

EasyJet has announced a "protection promise" for flights and holidays, to allow customers some flexibility when planning travel.

The following applies for flights:

  • You can transfer your flight fee-free up to 14 days before departure. Only if the new fare is higher will you be asked to pay the difference.
  • If your flight is impacted by new quarantine requirements, you can transfer it fee-free within a week of the government announcement.
  • If your flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a cash refund or voucher.
  • If your flight is impacted by a lockdown travel ban, you can transfer to a new date or opt for a voucher or refund.

The following applies for holidays:

  • EasyJet says it'll "beat the price" if you find the same holiday cheaper elsewhere.
  • You will get a full refund, and your deposit back as credit, with no fees 28 days before travel.
  • You can pay with fee-free instalments with your full balance due 28 days before travel.
  • You can make fee-free online changes to your booking up to 28 days before departure.
  • You will keep your deposit if plans change 28 days before travel.
Jet2
A Jet2 plane landing at Manchester Airport
Jet2 flights are suspended (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

The airline has decided to extend the suspension of all flights up to and including April 14 (April 26 for Iceland), "due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and government travel restrictions".

Flights will resume on April 15, 2021.

Good news for holidaymakers looking for some sun in autumn though, as Jet2 extended the summer 21 season with more flights and holidays to the Greek islands of Zante, Crete (Heraklion), Rhodes and Kefalonia. Almost 80 flights were added in October and November, from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted airports.

TUI
A Tui aircraft is pushed out of its parking position on the apron of Duesseldorf Airport (Image: AP)

The travel group announced the following holidays would not be operating:

  • All TUI holidays due to depart on or before 7 March 2021.

  • Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, to the below destinations due to depart on or before 30 April 2021:

    • Goa, India

    • La Palma, Canary Islands

    • Phuket, Thailand

    • The Gambia

    • Florida

    • Iceland

    • The Seychelles

  • Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, to the below destinations due to depart on or before 31 October 2021:

    • Los Cabos, Mexico

    • Kvarner Bay, Croatia

  • Marella Cruises sailings in Europe due to depart on or before 30 April 2021.

  • TUI River Cruises sailings due to depart on or before 30 May 2021.

  • TUI River Cruises sailings on TUI Isla due to depart on or before 31 October 2021.

If your holiday has been cancelled, the company says it'll be contacting you soon to discuss your options.

Ryanair
Ryanair planes
Ryanair launched its winter 21/22 schedule (Image: AP)

Ryanair is continuing to fly a reduced schedule during the lockdown.

The airline has dropped flight change fees for all new bookings made before 31 March 2021, for travel before 31 October 2021. You can make up to two flight changes.

If your flight has been cancelled you have the option of a travel voucher valid for 12 months, a refund, or rebooking your journey.

Ryanair's Winter 21/22 schedule was also launched, with 700 plus routes across the Ryanair network taking off from late October.

The list includes sunny escapes to Cyprus, Gran Canaria, the Greek islands, Sicily and Malaga, ski trips to Turin, Milan and Salzburg , and city breaks to Lisbon, Paris, and Venice.

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