Latest from Jet2, easyJet, TUI and Ryanair after green list update

On June 14, the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, confirmed that international travel would continue to reopen, albeit cautiously, with a number of countries added to the government’s green list.

The upcoming changes will see Malta, Madeira and the Balearic Islands, among others, added to the list, with these parts of the world deemed to have have met the necessary criteria to be reclassified.

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The update is set to take place from 4am on Wednesday (June 30), allowing Cheshire residents, along with the rest of the UK, the chance to get abroad this year.

Many airlines have issued updates following the news, which could see more people booking a summer getaway.

People going to green list countries don’t have to quarantine on their arrival back in the UK, but very few destinations were on the list until yesterday, the ECHO reported.

The announcement has been welcomed by the travel companies, with several putting on extra flights and holidays.

Here’s the latest updates from the airlines and holiday companies following the government’s latest review.

Jet2

Jet2 will begin selling trips to the Balearic Islands of Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, plus the islands of Madeira and Malta, from July 1 after the relaxation of Covid travel restrictions.

However, Jet2 has postponed the restart of its Turkey flights and holidays until July 22, because the country remains on the government’s red list.

An update on amber list destinations will be given to customers ‘in due course’, the company added.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We have been urging the UK Government to stay true to their word and follow the scientific evidence when it comes to making decisions about international travel, so today’s announcement is an overdue but welcome step in the right direction.

“We believe other destinations should still be added to the Green List, however what this demonstrates is that the Government is firmly committed to reopening international travel and we commend that approach.

“This is fantastic news for our customers who want nothing more than to get away for a much-needed holiday. Now that we have some clarity about where we can fly to, our focus is on getting everything ready for the restart of our international flights and holidays.

“I know the announcement has sent a wave of excitement through our business. Our colleagues have worked so hard to look after customers throughout the pandemic, and I know how much they are looking forward to taking customers on their holidays again.”

The Jet2 boss pledged to update customers planning to holiday to amber list destinations.

He added: “We will provide an update to customers in due course. We welcome recent news reports about vaccinated people being able to travel to Amber List destinations without having to quarantine and we look forward to further updates on this. The vaccination programme has been a huge success, so it is time for us all to enjoy the benefits of that.

“UK holidaymakers have looked on with envy as other countries across Europe have opened up. It is finally their turn to get away on their precious holidays to the sunshine and we could not be more excited about taking them away.”

Jet2 has announced it will put more than 70 additional flights on sale to Malta and Madeira with immediate effect, representing thousands of extra seats on sale in July and August. This includes adding a new route to Malta from London Stansted.

TUI

Tui have been flying to green and certain amber countries since the traffic light system was announced.

On Thursday Andrew Flintham, managing director of tour operator Tui, said it saw an “immediate uptick in searches and bookings” following the announcement, particular to the Balearic Islands which include Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca.

The airline is currently flying and offering holidays to: Antigua, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Malta, Maderia and the Balearic Islands, Cuba, Greece, Portugal, St Lucia and the Canary Islands.

The company is also offering fee-free changes on holidays as they said: “If you’re booked to travel on or before 31 October 2021, you can make a change fee-free from now up until 14 days before you’re due to travel.

“We currently have holidays on offer until October 2022, so there’s plenty to choose from if you decide to delay your holiday.”

easyJet

easyJet have been offering flights to several green list countries and plan to fly to more following the update.

easyJet are currently flying to green list countries Gibraltar, Iceland, Isle of Man and Israel.

easyJet said: “Some international travel is finally getting underway, the UK Government has unveiled its traffic light system to safely restart travel from England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

“Here are all the green list countries we can take you to. If you’re looking to book your next adventure, we currently have more seats to European green list destinations than any other airline.

” Madeira, Malta and the Balearic Islands will be switching from amber to green as of Wednesday, 30th June (4am BST). It is also worth noting that at the same time Tunisia will be switching from amber to red.

“If you’re due to travel to/from a green or amber list country and would like to change your booking, you can now transfer your flight without any fees. Changes can be made any time up to two hours before departure to any flights currently on sale and any destination (up to and including 30 September 2021). You’ll only have to pay the difference if the new fare is higher.”

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Ryanair

Ryanair have put on lots of new flights following the government’s green list announcement.

The airline is offering flights to Mallorca, Ibiza and Malta from airports across the country.

Flights start from £19.99 and are taking off from June 28 into August.

The airline has also dropped flight change fees for new bookings made before September 30, 2021.

They said: “We know your plans may change, so we’ve dropped our flight change fees for all new bookings made before 30 September 2021, for travel before 31 December 2021. You can now make up to two flight changes for travel by 31 December 2021. This gives you complete flexibility and peace of mind.

“Our Zero Change Fee promo is applicable for bookings made after 10 June 2020. Flight changes must take place at least 7 days before the original scheduled departure dates to avail of promo. Fare and product price difference may apply.”

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