TUI and Jet2 release new update for vacationers on flights and cancellations
Airlines have responded to the latest changes in UK travel rules with an update for holidaymakers.
There are already reports of “an immediate and massive increase in flight and package vacation bookings” after Grant Shapps’ announcement.
The transport secretary removed the traffic light system and replaced it with a single red list of prohibited destinations, as well as the removal of eight countries from the red list.
READ MORE: Last trip to UK – Airline Jet2 restarts flights to Turkey as it finally rolls off the red list
Fully vaccinated people will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-redlisted destinations and, from the end of October, they will be able to replace the second day PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test. .
And now TUI and Jet2 have released statements to customers with an update to their flight schedules for the fall period.
Here’s everything we know so far:
Andrew Flintham, managing director of holiday company TUI UK, said he had already seen “an increase in bookings for Turkey in October” and expected customer confidence to increase with the new rules.
The airline released a statement to customers on its website saying their teams are working on the new information in the wake of the government’s announcement.
They will add new details on test packages and entry requirements in the coming days.
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Below are details of the cancellations and their current destination.
Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
Canary Islands (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife)
Croatia (Dubrovnik, Pula and Split)
Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos)
Greece (Corfu, Crete, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Kos, Parga, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos and Zakynthos)
Madeira and Porto Santo
Mainland Spain (Alicante, Malaga and Reus)
Morocco (Agadir and Marrakech)
Greece (Athens, Peloponnese and Mykonos)
Italy (Naples, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Venice)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Barcelona)
Due to the current travel uncertainty, the following destinations are being canceled:
Until September 30 included:
Until October 9 included:
Aruba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Florida, Jamaica, Mexico and Tunisia
Canada, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) and United States
Until October 31 included:
Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI Lakes and Mountains)
Bulgaria (Varna and Bourgas)
Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)
For more information on TUI flight schedules, head to their travel information page here.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said he saw an increase in bookings in the latest travel announcement.
Mr Heapy praised the changes to the costly tests, saying vacationers had been “unfairly penalized”.
It also announced additions to its flight schedule, with Turkey due to be taken off the red list next week.
Mr Heapy said: “We have seen demand intensify over the past few days, and there has been an immediate and massive increase in flight and package holiday bookings following this good news for vacationers. in England We expect the Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to update their advice as well and we look forward to that.
“Although it took a long time to come, we are extremely pleased that the government has finally made a commitment to properly reopen international travel. Vacationers will be frustrated that these changes come too late for the peak summer vacation period, but we know how thrilled they will be that their vacation is no longer subject to a set of restrictions that are completely out of step with other areas. everyday.
“Having to take a pre-departure test, as well as an expensive PCR test after returning to the UK, has unfairly penalized clients and families who work hard for far too long. While removing these burdens is good news and a step in the right direction, there is still a long way to go.
“The traffic light system has been confusing and totally inadequate from day one. We welcome a new approach that is easy for everyone to understand and provides certainty. ”
Mr Heapy said Jet2 will resume vacationing in Turkey in time for the winter sun.
He said: “With Turkey getting off the Red List, we will restart flights and vacations to Antalya and Dalaman from Thursday 23 September.
“We are excited to restart this program and with some great deals to come we know there will be a phenomenal demand for late summer sun, mid October breaks and winter sun. The same goes for the more than 40 destinations to which we operate.
“The desire to get away for a well-deserved vacation in the sun has never diminished, but harsh and unfair restrictions have remained a hindrance for some. Now that many of those restrictions have been lifted, the rush to book flights and package holidays to sun, ski and leisure destinations shows us just how much vacationers want to get away from it all.
“Holidays mean so much to everyone, and we can’t wait to take our guests with them. “
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