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Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and British Airways face mask rules from Monday

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed face mask rules will be relaxed on Monday, July 19, however, has encouraged people to continue to wear them “in crowded and enclosed spaces”. The Government is also allowing travel operators and transport hubs to make their own rules surrounding the use of face masks.

Already, airports including Heathrow and Gatwick have confirmed the use of face masks will remain mandatory inside buildings for passengers and crew.

What will the rules be for those travelling with Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and British Airways from July 19?

Jet2

Jet2 will continue to require customers to wear face masks following July 19.

A spokesperson for the airline told Express.co.uk: “The health and safety of our customers and colleagues will always be our number one priority.

“We will continue to follow the current CAA guidelines and regulations.”

According to Jet2’s website: “You can’t board any of our flights unless you’re wearing a face mask.

“While travelling, you can only take off your mask when we ask to ID you at the boarding gate and to eat and drink.

“But remember, you must put it straight back on when you’ve finished.”

The Leeds-based carrier says facemasks must be worn in the airport, on flights and transfers, and possibly in various parts of holiday accommodation and resorts.

Passengers who are exempt from wearing a face mask must let the airline know in advance of their flight.

“We’ll ask you for specific medical evidence to confirm this, as we don’t accept downloaded exemption cards or lanyards as proof of exemption,” it explains.

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easyJet

easyJet is set to continue its current face mask rules following July 19.

In a statement following the announcement, the orange-tipped carrier said: “At present, there are no changes to easyJet’s onboard mask policy and we will continue to keep this under review.

“We continue to be guided by our in-house medical adviser and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow including the WHO (World Health Organization), Icao (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Easa (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and public health authorities across Europe, and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.”

According to the easyJet website: “Face masks must be worn at the airport, at the gate when boarding the aircraft, and throughout the flight.

“Passengers not wearing a mask will not be able to board the aircraft.”

Children over the age of six will also be required to wear a mask.

Cabin crew will also wear face masks.

“If you have an exemption from wearing a mask, you must bring a signed doctor’s letter or medical certificate (printed or digital format) with you to the airport when you travel with us, that clearly states that you’re exempt from wearing a face mask,” adds easyJet.

“This must have your name on it, the details of the medical practice and also, be dated within the last 12 months.

“We do not accept downloadable exemption certificates or lanyards.”

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TUI

TUI will continue to make face masks mandatory for passengers and crew.

An airline spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Face masks will still be a condition of carriage on TUI Airways post July 19.”

According to the TUI website: “Everyone over six years old needs to wear a face mask on our flights, including while sleeping, unless you’re exempt due to a medical condition.

“You’ll need to wear a mask even if you’ve had your two vaccinations.

“Your face mask must cover your nose, mouth and chin – you can wear a face shield, but you’ll need to wear a face mask, too.”

Passengers are required to change their face mask every four hours.

It adds: “If you can’t wear a mask for health reasons, you can download a government exemption card, or you may wish to wear a face shield instead.”

British Airways

British Airways continues to ask customers to wear a face mask or covering following July 19.

The airline states: “We require you to wear your face mask at all times, as a guide one mask lasts four hours so please bring enough for your journey.”

British Airways also reminds customers they must wear a face mask “at all times in the airport.”

Express.co.uk has contacted British Airways for further comment on their face mask policy from July 19.

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News: British Airways sees increase in demand following quarantine loosening

British Airways is preparing to welcome an increased number of holidaymakers back to the skies from July 19th in time for the start of the school summer holidays.

Within a couple of hours of a statement from government around the elimination of quarantine for Britons who are double vaccinated yesterday, the airline had seen a 96 per cent increase in the number of views on its website as compared to the same day last week.

The top destinations being searched included Barbados, Palma, Ibiza, New York, Antigua, Malta and Malaga.

As it stands, British Airways flies to more amber and green list countries than any other UK airline, 43 in total.

To coincide with the announcement, British Airways has agreed further reassurance measures which mean customers travelling until September to a country which is added to the red list from amber while they are at their destination will be able to change their flight without any change to the cost of their flight, subject to availability.

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The move is expected to support Britons when they travel to a country that might be on a government watchlist to help them get home.

The airline has already publicly confirmed that its rules around the wearing of masks will remain in place to protect travellers, provide reassurance and boost customer confidence.

Despite the relaxation of the mask rules, the government has also recommended the wearing of masks in busy public areas and British Airways asks its customers to remain mindful of the rules around mask wearing in airports at a destination.

Sean Doyle, British Airways chief executive, said: “This is an important step for Britain as we start to make travel possible again after 18 difficult months.

“There is still more to do, including opening the US, but we are enthusiastic about welcoming more of our customers back over the summer period and reassuring them that British Airways is ready.

“Our people have been working relentlessly behind the scenes to make important changes to the customer experience that will ensure our customers receive a first-class experience and complete peace of mind.”

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British Airways, EasyJet and Jet2 put green list destinations on sale from July 1

Since the green list was announced last night, many airlines have announced new deals and routes from July 1.

Britons can now save up to £300 when travelling with British Airways this summer as the airline is now releasing new holiday packages to the newly green-listed countries.

The holidays will have to be between June 30 and September 30, 2021 to the following destinations:

Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Ibiza, Madeira, Malta, Mallorca, Menorca and Turks & Caicos.

The company is also is offering holiday packages that include seven nights in Malta with prices starting from £359, seven nights in Mallorca from £469 or a week in Madeira starting at £429.

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EasyJet has added more than 50,000 seats on sale to new European green list destinations for the next months.

New routes include Malta from Bristol starting on July 9 and from Luton on July 11.

Thousands of additional seats will be available from the UK to the Balearic Islands in the next months.

The low-cost airline is offering flights to Palma de Mallorca starting at £28.99 and to Ibiza and Menorca for £32.99.

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EasyJet CEO, Johan Lundgren, said: “We really want to get back to what we do best and connect people across Europe so we welcome these additions to the green list and in response we have put over 50,000 more seats on sale to new and existing routes to green destinations.

“And with two thirds of UK adults expected to be double jabbed by July 19, now is the time to let British citizens take advantage of the success of the vaccination programme so we urge the Government to move quickly to remove quarantine and testing for fully vaccinated people travelling from amber and green countries.

“This is overdue and unless testing is also removed flying could become the preserve of the rich again.

“EasyJet is ready and able to ramp up and we look forward to playing our part in reuniting people with their loved ones or take them on a well-deserved break.”

Jet2 has also put new green list destinations on sale from July 1.

The UK’s second-biggest tour operator has added 70 additional flights and put flights and packages on sale to Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca, Madeira and Malta.

Jet2 CEO, Steve Heapy, said: “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,” he said.

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

The operator has pushed back the resumption of its Turkey programme until July 22, because the country remains on the Government’s red list.

This decision remains “under review”, Jet2 said.

Ryanair has also added 200,000 extra seats from the UK to Malta, Ibiza and Mallorca for the months of July, August and September.

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British Airways slashes flight and holiday prices – Portugal, US, Caribbean & Europe deals

As part of the sale, there are also a number of Avios part payment deals on offer for Executive Club Members to make trips even more affordable.

These include New York World Traveller return flights for £179 plus 29,900 Avios, or Barbados for £215 plus 41,600 Avios.

In Club Europe, customers can pick up return flights to Malaga for £53 plus 27,300 Avios, Faro for £75 plus 27,300 Avios or Nice for £97 plus 38,900 Avios.

BA has introduced a range of safety measures throughout the pandemic to ensure the safety of passengers and crew onboard.

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British Airways offer package holiday customers ‘extra special’ airport deals this summer

“It’s the first time we’ve offered something like this exclusively for British Airways Holidays customers – we believe it’s a brilliant way to celebrate the joy of travel, while continuing to offer flexibility and security for peace of mind.”

With many still uncertain about travelling, the airline reassures customers that their booking falls under the British Airways Holidays Customer Promise.

With low deposits starting from £60 per person, ATOL protection, and three weeks notice for amendments or cancellations in return for a voucher, travellers are reassured that they will not lose money if their plans change.

The exclusive deal is eligible on package holidays and British Airways has many on offer this summer.

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British Airways warns holidaymakers it is STILL illegal to travel from May 17

The airline sent a message to passengers booked on Heathrow to Faro flights on May 17 saying: “You can only travel internationally from England for legally permitted reasons. This does not include holidays. You may be required to show [a Declaration to Travel] form at the port of departure.
“It is an offence to enter a port of departure or embarkation point without a properly completed form if you are travelling internationally. Some job-related exemptions apply.

“You may be issued with a fixed penalty notice and directed to return home if you do not have a valid reason for travel.”

Simon Calder writes in the Independent that passengers are told they must complete a Declaration to Travel form, even though the forms will be abolished after Sunday. 

Mr Calder wrote on Twitter: “International travel from 17 May is tricky enough. Now BA adds to the confusion by warning passengers flying to ‘green list’ nations that day:

“1. It’s illegal to go on holiday

“2. They must fill in a Declaration to Travel

“Awaiting a response from the airline.” 

Portugal is one of the few countries on the UK’s green list from which no quarantine is required by returning travellers.

Other countries on the green list are Israel, South Georgia, the Faroe Islands and the Falklands.

People are advised against travelling to countries on the amber and red list, but this warning has no legal force. 

Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have yet to set out their new rules on international travel.

Experts have voiced their concern over the risks of new variants spreading through returning holidaymakers.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) think the traffic light system amounts to “window dressing”, and believe it is not based on evidence showing the risks from new Covid variants.

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Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, announced the ‘traffic light’ system on Friday.

Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, Mr Shapps said the changes were a “tentative” first step to opening.

The secretary said the UK’s approach to travel was “necessarily cautious” and added the “success in combating Covid” in the UK was “not yet replicated in many places abroad”.

He then said: “We must make sure the countries we reconnect with are safe.”

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Flights: Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair & British Airways updates as May 17 approaches

From May 17 Britons will be able to jet off abroad to some destinations under the Governments “traffic light” system. Ahead of this, some airlines are preparing to ramp up their itineraries and welcome back passengers.
However, others are hesitant to resume flights just yet due to “uncertainty” over which nations will be categorised as “green”, “amber” and “red”.

With May 17 a matter of weeks away, here are the latest updates from Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways (BA).

Jet2

Jet has made the decision to continue its temporary suspension of flights.

According to the airline, flights and holidays are now cancelled up to June 24, 2021.

This is due to ongoing “uncertainty” with Jet2’s CEO Steve Heapy slamming the Government’s Travel Taskforce document released previously.

When it was released on April 9, he said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.”

In a statement on the airline website, Jet said: “We’re getting ready to take you on holiday again from June 24 2021. We’re now waiting for the UK Government and its Global Travel Taskforce to confirm which destinations fall into the green, amber or red categories of the new traffic light system – and the travel requirements for each country to be finalised.

“If you have an existing booking, we’ll be in touch with you when we know more. You can also visit our website 14 days before you’re due to depart when we’ll have all the latest official information.

“Between now and then, there’s no need to take any action – and we’d recommend that you don’t start arranging things like COVID-19 tests until all the travel requirements have been published by the governments here and abroad.”

READ MORE: Will Germany be on the green list?

TUI

TUI is set to resume some flights and holidays from May 17, though assures passengers it will not take them to countries where quarantine on either side of the journey will be required.

However, in its latest update on April 30, the airline explains it will only be departing from four airlines between May 17 and May 27.

“TUI Airways will also only be flying from four airports – Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol – between 17 and 27 May,” explains the airline.

“All customers impacted by the latest cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund or to change to a later date and receive a booking incentive.

“Following the most recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will still be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations.

“We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what entry and testing requirements may be needed for your destination and what colour your destination may be.

“We can confirm that we will not be travelling to any red destinations.

“We know that our customers are looking forward to their holidays, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, we have extended our free changes policy to include bookings up to the end of August. If you would like to change your booking to a later date, you can do this up to 14 days before you are due to travel through Manage My Booking (from Saturday 1st May), in a TUI store, or by calling us on 0203 4512688.

“And if your destination changes to Amber within 14 days of travel, you will be able to amend up until the day before your departure.”

The airline has also cancelled some select holidays due to restrictions.

Holidays to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde due to depart before June 7 are now axed.

All Lakes and Mountains holidays to Italy, Austria and Slovenia due to depart before June 7 are also cancelled.

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easyJet

easyJet has continued to operate some flights throughout the pandemic.

Package holidays provided by the orange-tipped carrier have been on hold, but are set to resume from May 17 in line with Government restrictions.

“Currently, the government has said that the planned restart date for international travel is still due to be 17 May and that’s the date we’re planning to start taking people away again,” said the airline in a statement.

Customers who have flights only bookings are advised to stay up-to-date with the latest travel information regarding their specific journey as delays and cancellations can occur at short notice.

The airline also warns passengers may be subject to a variety of “including forms, quarantine and testing” so it is important to be aware of rules regarding their destination.

The airline says it will offer further insight into which holidays can resume in the next few weeks.

“The government has also shared a little bit more about how holidays can be restarted again and the introduction of a traffic light system – they will share which traffic light colour destinations fall under in early May, so we’ll know even more then,” reads a statement on the easyJet website.

“We’re continually working through how COVID-19 may impact future bookings in departure date order. If your holiday becomes affected, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. If you’re worried about changing rules and regulations, you can find out more about our industry-leading flexibility through our Covid commitments, as part of our Protection Promise.”

Ryanair

Ryanair has continued to operate flights through the pandemic, though these have been at a reduced capacity due to a drop in passenger foot traffic.

Flights may also change at short notice so passengers are advised to stay up-to-date with the latest information regarding their journey.

However, in a bid to provide peace of mind for travellers, Ryanair has dropped its flight change fees.

“We know your plans may change, so we’ve dropped our flight change fees for all new bookings made before 30 June 2021, for travel before October 31 2021,” reads a statement from Ryanair.

“You can now make up to two flight changes for travel by October 31 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 seven days before the original scheduled departure dates to avail of the promo.

“Fare and product price difference may apply.”

The Irish carrier has also launched a “price checker” app to ensure customers get the best possible price when booking flights.

In addition to this, it has also launched a “Verified Seal” aiming to guarantee customers of the validity of their flight.

“We’re pleased to launch our new ‘Price Checker’ and ‘Verified Seal’ on the Ryanair.com website and app. These two new features will help customers avoid the pitfalls of booking with online travel agents, who may overcharge, provide incorrect customers information and prevent Ryanair from dealing directly with the passenger,” said Ryanair’s director of marketing Dara Brady.

“We advise our customers to always book directly through the Ryanair website and Ryanair app where they will have access to the lowest fares, direct Customer Care and speedy refunds.”

British Airways

BA has operated some flights throughout the coronavirus pandemic, though it warns passengers these are at a “reduced and dynamic” capacity.

The airline’s package holiday arm has been temporarily suspended until May 17 at which plans some journeys will resume in line with Government guidelines.

The airline is providing a “book with confidence commitment” for customers ensuring “flexibility”.

“Our book with confidence commitment means you have the option to change your booking date and destination or even cancel it completely,” the airline explains on its website.

“For bookings made on or after March 3 2020, for journeys that are due to have been completed by April 30 2022, you can change your booking or cancel your booking.”

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Etihad Airways to stop operating Boeing 777-300ER jets this year

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Etihad Airways Chief Executive Tony Douglas said on Thursday the Abu Dhabi state carrier would no longer operate Boeing (NYSE:) 777-300ER aircraft after this year.

“You will see of us a very focused, a very disciplined operating model which is heavily built around the fleet type of (Boeing) 787 Dreamliners and (Airbus) A350-1000s,” he told the online World Aviation Festival.

Etihad had 19 Boeing 777s in its fleet as of December, its website showed.

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British Airways & Thomas Cook to offer £60 'heavily discounted' PCR tests for passengers

Rory Boland, editor of Which? Travel, said: “While it is, of course, good news to see a test provider reduce its costs, it’s unhelpful that this comes with strings attached in that passengers may have to book with certain airlines.

“More oversight of testing costs across the board is needed to ensure that testing is affordable to all who need or want to travel abroad, whoever they want to book with.

“The Government should look at ways it can work with test providers to reduce the cost of mandatory testing, as many other countries have, to ensure that when international travel resumes, it is safe and affordable for all.”

The Government’s requirement for passengers to take multiple tests, even when travelling to “green list” countries, has also raised some safety concerns among other industry insiders.

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Package holidays: TUI, British Airways, easyJet & Jet2 holiday updates as trips cancelled

Holidays are set to restart again in five weeks but the major tour operators have differed in the stance when it comes to resuming travel. Some companies have been quick to cancel package holidays and flights during the pandemic while others have kept operations in action. These are the latest updates for popular holiday brands TUI[1] Holidays, British Airways[2] Holidays, easyJet[3] Holidays and Jet2 holidays.

TUI

TUI has cancelled all flights and holidays until May 16.

Holidays, including flight-only and accommodation-only bookings to Los Cabos, Mexico, and Kvarner Bay, Croatia, departing on or before October 31, are also cancelled.

The tour operator has stopped issuing credit notes and is instead offering cash refunds to all customers impacted by cancellations.

However, customers who were previously given a voucher have until the end of September 2021 to book their holiday.

In their latest update, issued last week, TUI said: “Following the recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations. We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what testing requirements may be needed and what colour your destination may be.”

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TUI continued: “However, our TUI Holiday Promise for Green and Amber destinations remains the same for continued peace of mind. If prior to your departure date you know that you will need to quarantine on your return to the UK, you will have the option to change your holiday for free to another time.

“You’ll also be able to change your holiday for free if you’re unable to travel due to new testing or vaccination requirements.

“We won’t take people on holiday to destinations that will require you to quarantine on arrival or those on the Red List. In this instance, we will cancel your holiday and you will be able to amend to another date for free, or you can request a full refund.

“If we need to cancel any future holidays because of updated Government guidance, we will be in touch with you directly and will aim to give you at least seven days’ notice.

“We know our customers are looking forward to their holidays, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, we have extended our free changes policy to the end of July.

“Those due to travel between 17 May and the end of July can change their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking, or if you’ve booked in a TUI store by calling us on 0203 4512688. Customers travelling in July will be able to amend their booking to a later date fee-free through Manage My Booking.”

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British Airways

BA has cancelled all of its package holidays up until May 17.

A BA spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “All affected customers will be contacted and offered a refund.”

In a statement, the travel provider added: “If we cannot fulfil a holiday, we’re committed to ensuring customers receive a full refund within 14 days.

“Customers who are unable to travel, or choose not to, can continue to change their holiday without a change fee, or request a voucher for future use.”

easyJet

All easyJet holidays are axed until May 17.

Passengers who are impacted by cancellations will be contacted by the airline.

In its latest update, issued two weeks ago, easyJet said: “We are planning to operate as many flights as possible over the coming days.

“Due to a number of governments imposing travel entry bans on flights arriving from certain countries, or imposing travel bans on passengers who are non-residents or non-citizens of the respective countries, we appreciate the uncertainty this may be causing you and understand that you may need to change your travel plans.”

Options include switching to another easyJet flight for free, choosing a voucher for the full value of your ticket or requesting a refund.

No fresh update has been released since.

Jet2

Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until June 24, it was announced last week.

The move came after the Global Travel Taskforce set out its framework to safely reopen international travel.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, has slammed the document.

He said: “We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

“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.”

He called for more clarity, stating: “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.

The CEO continued: “Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021.”

Jet2 passengers impacted by the cancellations will be contacted and provided with their options; refunds will be offered.

References

  1. ^ TUI (www.express.co.uk)
  2. ^ British Airways (www.express.co.uk)
  3. ^ easyJet (www.express.co.uk)
  4. ^ Calder reveals places most likely to be on UK travel green list (www.express.co.uk)