Jet 2 Cancels All International Flights Amid Covid Variant Chaos
The UK’s second-largest tour operator, Jet 2 – in the wake of the latest chaos and uncertainty surrounding the new coronavirus variants – has just announced the cancellation of all its international flights until July 1, according to The Sun newspaper.
When the green travel list was originally announced by Grant Shapps, Jet 2 had cancelled all its flights until June 24, but the move today, Thursday 3, to push Portugal, Madeira and the Azores back into the amber list has prompted Jet 2 to further delay all flights now until July 1, with Steve Heapy, the company’s boss saying, “We know how disappointed our customers and will be and we share their concerns and frustrations”.
He continued, “The government has repeatedly stated that it is making decisions based on infection and vaccination rates, yet many destinations continue to be left off the Green List despite having low infection rates and high vaccination rates”.
My Heapy added, “When you apply the Government’s own criteria for making decisions about travel, we simply cannot understand why more destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands are not allowed to open to UK holidaymakers. We are now calling for complete openness and transparency when it comes to the data so that customers and the industry can really understand what is driving these decisions”.
Jet 2 have said that anybody with a holiday booking in an amber list destination, due to depart between July 1 and 21, can amend their booking free of charge and that anyone due to travel before July 1 t a destination on the amber list, whose travel plans are affected by this latest change, will be given the option of a full refund or a rebooking.
The boss of Jet 2 stressed, “Unlike other companies, we will refund customers if they want their money back, and we will not force them to accept refund credit notes. Our customers want nothing more than to get away on their much-needed holidays, and our colleagues want nothing more than to give customers the holiday they deserve”.
As he added, “We know international travel can restart safely, so we urge the Government to urgently reconsider its approach and work with the industry to help us achieve that”.
As Jet 2 cancels international flights until July 1, they also announced that trips to Turkey, which is currently on the red list, will be delayed until at least July 22.
Published euroweekly news.com 03 June 2021