Latest advice from TUI, Jet2 & more as holiday plans still in doubt

The Government's new quarantine rules have thrown thousands of people's holiday plans into doubt. Airlines had just started to resume flights after months of lockdown to popular holiday destinations across Europe and the world. However, in a major U-turn, the government removed a number of countries from its safe travel list - meaning that people returning from them would have to self isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK.

Spain, France, Malta and Monaco are just some of the popular resorts removed from the list. However, while many people have cancelled their holidays, some airlines are continuing to fly to destinations where the new 14-day quarantine rules come into play. The aviation and tourist industry has taken a monumental hit in the last few months as a result of the pandemic, with Ryanair the latest to announce they're scaling back operations in September through to October.

Here is the latest travel guidance from some of the country's most popular airlines.

Jet2

Jet2.com aircraft

Jet2 has reminded its customers that if anyone within a travelling party is showing symptoms of Covid-19 then you'll not be able to travel. In this instance, it's important travellers stay at home and follow the NHS guidelines to keep yourself, your family and others safe. The popular airline has also urged customers to familiarise themselves with three essential steps before travelling.

It's worth checking the entry requirements of the destination you're travelling to, as you may need to fill in a form before getting on the plane. Having plenty of face masks is also important as travellers have to wear one before entering the airport and throughout all journeys. Passengers must also complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form, which is available from 48 hours before you land in the UK.

Ryanair

Yesterday (Monday, August 18), Ryanair announced it will be reducing its flight capacity by 20 per cent during September.

It's after future bookings have weakened over the last 10 days following continuing uncertainty over recent Covid case rates in some EU countries. A Spokesperson for Ryanair said yesterday: "These capacity cuts and frequency reductions for the months of September and October are necessary given the recent weakness in forward bookings due to Covid restrictions in a number of EU countries. "Any effected passengers in September received email notification earlier today advising them of their options.

"Similar communications will be issued to the small number of affected passengers in October later today. Over the past two weeks as a number of EU countries have raised travel restrictions, forward bookings especially for business travel into September and October have been negatively affected, and it makes sense to reduce frequencies so that we tailor our capacity to demand over the next two months. "Proper testing at airports, and effective tracing (as is being conducted in Germany and Italy) is the only realistic and proportionate method of supervising safe intra-EU air travel while effectively limiting the spread of the Covid-19 virus."

TUI

A TUI flight

TUI has released information on what holidays are currently cancelled, with the most up-to-date listing being from August 11.

If your holiday falls into one of the below categories, they have been cancelled by the airline.

  • TUI holidays to mainland Spain departing on or before August 28 2020
  • TUI holidays to the Balearic and Canary Islands departing on or before August 23 2020
  • TUI holidays to Cyprus due to depart on or before August 22 2020
  • TUI holidays to Bulgaria due to depart on or before October 31 2020
  • TUI holidays to Portugal due to depart on or before August 28 2020
  • TUI holidays to Morocco due to depart on or before September 10 2020
  • TUI holidays to Malta departing on or before August 31 2020
  • All holidays to Florida due to depart on or before November 30 2020
  • TUI River Cruises sailings travelling on or before November 25 2020
  • TUI Lakes and Mountain holidays travelling on or before September 30 2020
  • TUI Tours travelling on or before October 30 2020.

Other holidays may also have been affected, and customers should visit their website for the latest information here.

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British Airways

British Airways flight

Despite the Government's announcement regarding new quarantine rules for Brits travelling back from France, Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba, the airline has confirmed that its flights to these destinations are operating as normal.

To help keep customers safe when travelling, British Airways has also introduced new protective measures on the ground and in the air from face masks and enhanced cleaning to hand sanitisers and HEPA-filtered air.

Customers who may want to amend their booking or check the latest details should check their official website here.

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