Flights: Latest updates from major UK airlines as holiday bookings surge
Flights have been off the table for many Britons for almost a year now, but since the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown was unveiled by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, bookings for flights and holidays have boomed. It can be hard to keep up as airlines adopt different stances to cancelling flights after it was announced international travel would not be permitted until at least May 17th.
These are the latest updates for the major UK airlines that operate to Spain and the Canary Islands:
TUI has cancelled all flights until May 17th. "All TUI holidays departing from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings, due to depart on or before May 16th, 2021," said the UK’s largest tour operator in a statement.
"If your holiday has been cancelled, we’ll be contacting you soon to discuss your options. We're working around the clock to do this and are getting in touch with customers in departure date order." Additionally, flights to Los Cabos, Mexico and Kvarner Bay, Croatia due to depart on or before October 31st 2021, are axed.
EasyJet continues to operate some flights, though it is on a reduced schedule and some flight times are subject to change. Customers who are impacted by changing flights will be contacted by the airline to discuss their options.
"If part/all of your trip is cancelled, you will be notified directly via email and informed of the options available to you," the easyJet website detailed in its latest statement. Travellers can switch to another flight for free, choose a voucher for future spend or apply for a full refund.
Customers can also avail themselves of these three options if they wish to cancel their bookings. "Due to a number of countries across our network imposing national and regional lockdown restrictions, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing if you are due to fly with us and understand that you may wish to change your travel plans, so we are providing a number of flexible options," said easyJet.
Ryanair continues to operate flights but bosses made the decision to reduce its itinerary from January due to a drop in passenger traffic. Passengers who change their mind about travel will not be entitled to a refund, but are given the option to change their flight date free of charge. If Ryanair cancels a flight, the airline will allow customers the option to amend their booking to a later date or claim a full refund.
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Jet2 have suspended flights until May 17th. The operator said in a statement: "Following the release of the government’s roadmap, we’ve taken the decision to extend the suspension of all flights up to and including May 16th 2021. If you’ve been affected by these programme changes, we’ll be automatically cancelling your booking with a full refund.”
"If you’re due to travel from May 17th onwards, we’ll provide an update closer to the time. We want our customers to be on holiday enjoying themselves and we're looking forward to resuming our award-winning flights. In the meantime, we’d like to thank you for your patience and understanding."
British Airways has continued to operate limited flights with a “reduced” and “dynamic” schedule amid the ongoing lockdown restrictions. The latest update from BA concerns the UK travel declaration form. "From March 8th 2021, you must complete the UK Government’s declaration form for international travel if you are travelling outside the UK from England," said the carrier.
"Different rules apply for international travel from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales." Passengers who wish to "change or cancel" their booking can do so using the airline's "Book with Confidence" policy. Though BA has not axed all of its itineraries, it does warn customers to some changes to flight schedules may arise.
On its website, BA states: "If your flight has been cancelled, we will contact you with your options. Alternatively, you can rebook or claim a voucher online."