EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI… what are latest airline updates?
The UK lockdown, which is expected to last until at least mid-February but will more than likely be extended to March, means that flights and holidays are going to be cancelled if they involve travelling in the next couple of months. The travel ban includes trips abroad as non-essential travel is no longer allowed.
Here is the latest news and advice from airlines and tour operators regarding holidays and flight cancellations:
TUI has cancelled all holidays departing from today until mid-February.
They said in a statement on their website: "As a result of the latest national lockdown measures announced on 4th January 2021 we’re cancelling all holidays in line with international travel restrictions.
"Customers due to travel from an English airport before mid-February will be contacted in departure date order to discuss their options, which will include changing to another holiday with an incentive, receiving an ATOL-protected refund credit note with an incentive, or cancelling and receiving a full refund."
Holidays from Scotland and Wales have been cancelled until January 31.
EasyJet is yet to announce which flights and holidays have been cancelled, but are getting in touch with those affected.
Regarding flights, a spokesperson explained: "We are contacting customers whose flights are cancelled with their options, and all customers unable to travel as a result of the lockdown restrictions, whether their flights are cancelled or scheduled to operate, can transfer their flights to a later date for free, receive a voucher, or a full refund."
EasyJet Holidays said: "Following the Prime Minister’s announcement and the implications for international travel from the UK, we are reviewing all holiday bookings.
"We will be contacting customers whose holidays can no longer go ahead with the option of cancelling for easyJet Holidays credit, which can be used to rebook an alternative holiday, or customers can choose a full refund back to their original payment method.”
"We will also be in touch with customers with later departure dates to remind them of our easyJet Holidays protection promise, which offers ultimate flexibility and reassurance."
Ryanair has said they will be flying a very limited schedule until March.
They previously said in a statement: "Ryanair will significantly cut its flight schedules from Thurs 21st January, which will result in a few, if any, flights being operated to/from Ireland or the UK from the end of January until such time as these draconian travel restrictions are removed.”
“All customers affected by these further flight cancellations, and further travel restrictions, will receive emails advising them of their entitlements of free moves and/or refunds later today.”
Jet2 has cancelled all of their flights and holidays up to March 25th.
A spokesperson said: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty and travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 25th March 2021.
"Since the onset of the pandemic, we have always respected that customers should receive their money back if we have not provided their flight or holiday. For customers due to travel from 26th March onwards, we will provide further updates closer to the time as appropriate."
British Airways has not announced which flights are cancelled, but are getting in touch with anyone affected.
A spokesperson said: "We are reviewing our flight schedule following the announcement of new national lockdown restrictions. We are contacting customers whose flights are cancelled to offer options including a full refund."
"We advise customers to check the latest UK Government travel advice at Gov.uk and their latest flight information at ba.com."
Virgin Holidays have cancelled holidays until mid-February.
In a statement, they said: "In line with the new national lockdown restrictions we have reviewed the upcoming holiday schedule and will be cancelling all holidays up to and including 14th February 2021.
"To simplify the options and to provide immediate peace of mind for customers whose holidays will no longer be going ahead, we're automatically providing a digital voucher for the value of their trip, redeemable up until 30th September 2021, which they can use to rebook a holiday, departing any time before 31st December 2022.”
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What are the lockdown travel rules?
- Only essential travel will be allowed with Brits urged not to leave their house unless for reasons including food, medical care or work.
- The government advice states: "You can only travel internationally - or within the UK - where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home.
- "In addition, you should consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting.
- "UK residents currently abroad do not need to return home immediately. However, you should check with your airline or travel operator on arrangements for returning.
- "Foreign nationals are subject to the ‘Stay at Home’ regulations. You should not travel abroad unless it is permitted. This means you must not go on holiday."