Jet2 has announced that it will be extending its suspension of flights and holidays until June 23.
The holiday firm said that it would automatically refund affected customers and then get in touch regarding booking their getaway for later in the year.
The news comes after Grant Shapps said that Brits would be able to book holidays for the summer, but didn’t confirm whether foreign travel could restart from May 17 as it’s hoped.
Steve Heapy, the CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said in a statement that the company is “extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail” in the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework.
He added: “After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.
“Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.”
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Currently there is a ban on international travel for Brits as part of national lockdowns in the UK. It’s hoped that foreign travel could resume from May 17 at the earliest under England’s lockdown roadmap, but the government has yet to confirm whether this date could go ahead.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed that international travel will definitely be allowed to resume in the summer, but didn’t confirm which date this could happen.
The Global Travel Taskforce is considering four key factors for the restart of travel, with everything from Covid variants to vaccine roll outs helping to determine what non-essential travel could look like.
When travel does resume it will operate as a ‘traffic light’ system with destinations on red, amber and green lists that will determine the levels of travel, testing and quarantine required. However, it’s not yet been confirmed which destinations will feature on which list.