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No refunds for passengers with ‘illegal’ Covid flights as Government scraps plans

No refunds for passengers with ‘illegal’ Covid flights as Government scraps plans

GOVERNMENT ministers have reportedly scrapped plans to force airlines to give refunds to passengers who had booked ‘illegal’ Covid flights. Airlines will not have to provide refunds to customers with tickets for flights that became ‘illegal’ under Covid restrictions.No refunds for passengers with ‘illegal’ Covid flights as Government scraps plans

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Slow travel: The ‘unusual’ way to cross Europe with no flights – ‘make the most of travel’

Slow travel: The 'unusual' way to cross Europe with no flights - 'make the most of travel'

SLOW travel is taking the UK travel world by storm as people adapt to a slower way of life after lockdown. Cat Jones, founder of Byway Travel, spoke to Express.co.uk about how slow travel works and shared her favourite routes in Europe and the UK.Slow travel: The 'unusual' way to cross Europe with no flights - 'make the most of travel'

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Focus: Top 5 benefits of booking flights online

Top 5 benefits of booking flights online

The development in technological advancements is a boon for every commoner. You can now do everything online by just touching a few buttons. From booking tickets to shopping, you will do everything swiftly. As far as airline reservation is concerned, the benefits are a lot.

You will not find it necessary to rush to your preferred airport to stand in queues for check-in. Today, you may handle every activity without leaving the comfort of your home because many airlines offer e-check-in options. Some of the benefits of booking a flight online include:

1. Cancelation and Changes of Travel
It is normal for travelers to cancel or change their online reservations. They will not have to call their airlines and wait for a service representative to give them a hand.
Booking a flight online means you may do everything provided have internet access. Some airlines offer bookings without cancellation fees, while others provide online cancellations and changes for free, as long as you do it within 24 hours of departure.

2. Early Check-Ins
If you want to fly within the country, you might check-in in advance and as late as one hour before taking your flight. On the other hand, international flight booking allows travelers to check in between three and 24 hours before taking their flights.
All you need to do is visit the site of your preferred airline and find your reservation so that you can enter your details. Main airlines also provide mobile check-in options, where travelers will receive a bar code on their phones.

3. Maximize Efficiency
There are a lot of aspects of booking online, which have been automated. Time is valuable, and all the time you spend unnecessarily to put information into booking flights can be spent assisting customers in the queue.
Strong online booking tools, such as TTS WeBook, are a great way to take the workload off yourself. By setting a customized page, you will make sure that you get all the details you require to secure bookings.

4. Special Amenities or Deals
From time to time, airlines provide loyalty bonuses and other additional benefits for online booking. These may range from free Wi-Fi, beverage credits, and food to additional miles and special packages.
These benefits and deals will motivate you to book directly since they might not be available through third parties.

5. Time Saver and Less Hectic
The internet has everything, so you may easily create packages from scratch based on your personal preferences, dates, and budget. You will also find affordable flights ready tailored to concert tickets, booking hours, and museums.
Hence, there will be no need to reach out to a representative and wait to receive feedback. Online booking allows you to reserve a seat any time of the day.

In a Nutshell!
Bygone are the days when a traveler was required to visit a nearby local travel agent so as to book a flight. Today, you no longer have to visit a travel agent as you can book a flight at the comfort of your sofa.

If you are always busy and still want to take a trip with your family overseas, ensure you book your flight and get tickets online.

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Flights: Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and BA travel updates following green list boost

Flights: Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and BA travel updates following green list boost

Here are the latest updates from Jet2, easyJet, TUI, Ryanair and British Airways.

Jet2

Jet2 is set to recommence flights from July 1, 2021. Flights to Jersey with the Leeds-based operator have already resumed.

In response to the latest green list update, Jet2 has added 70 extra flights to Malta and Madeira to their summer flight programme.

This includes a new route to Malta from London Stansted.

The airline’s CEO Steve Heapy described the move as “a step in the right direction”.

In a statement following the latest traffic light review, Mr Heapy 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 from July 1.”

As Turkey remains on the red list, Jet2 is not planning to resume holidays to the destination until July 22 at the earliest.

It notes this will be kept “under review in line with further Government updates.”

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Flights: Jet2, TUI, Ryanair, and easyJet cancellations amid 'freedom day' devastation

Flights: Jet2, TUI, Ryanair, and easyJet cancellations amid 'freedom day' devastation

In a devastating blow, last week the Government made the decision to push back its plans for “freedom day” which would see a number of Covid restrictions in the UK eased. Though this did not directly impact foreign travel, it has caused some concerns for the next traffic light review which is anticipated on or around June 24.

A number of airlines have already been forced to cancel flights or holidays following the last green list review.

For holidaymakers who had planned to jet off over the summer, the latest Government announcement could cause concern for their future plans.

What are the latest updates from Jet2, TUI, Ryanair, and easyJet?

Jet2

Jet2 made the decision to push back its flight and holiday schedule, with the exception of flights operating to Jersey, until July 1.

The Leeds-based carrier had initially hoped to resume holidays from June 24, however, bosses said there was simply not “enough certainty”.

In an updated statement on its website, Jet2 explained: “We’re really looking forward to restarting our holidays and flights programme again from July 1 2021.

“Our Jersey programme will restart on June 24, 2021.

“We’re taking the time to get everything ready at our airports, onboard our planes and in our resorts to give you the safest and smoothest holiday experience possible.”

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Though the airline is hopeful the ongoing vaccination rollout will lead to “more positive news” for travel, it notes some bookings could face cancellations in the future in line with the “traffic light system.”

For holidaymakers with travel plans to a red list country, Jet2 says it will be cancelling holidays and automatically issuing a full refund.

For amber and green list countries due to depart on or before June 30, with the exception of Jersey holidays, Jet2 will automatically cancel bookings and issue a full refund “within 14 days”.

It adds: “We’ll review the status of destinations on the Amber List following the next UK Government review which we expect to be on or around 24 June 2021.

“We expect the Government to review the status of destinations on the Green List on or around 24 June 2021. If your destination is then on the UK Government’s Green List – we’re looking forward to taking you on holiday.”

Jet2 assures all customers impacted by any changes or cancellations will be contacted directly.

“Please visit our website 14 days before you’re due to depart when we’ll have all the latest official information,” it continued.

“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 closer to your time of travel, as travel requirements both here and abroad can change.”

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TUI

Last week, TUI announced another round of holiday cancellations, citing “ongoing uncertainty”.

A range of travel plans have now been axed up until July 11.

Holidays to Zante are cancelled up to and including June 28. Holidays to Aruba, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece – Crete (Chania), Kavala, Kefalonia, Mykonos, Preveza, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Italy, Jamaica, Malta, Spain – Mainland Spain, Formentera, Mallorca, Ibiza, Menorca, La Palma, and All TUI Lakes & Mountains destinations are now cancelled until July 4.

Meanwhile, holidays to Bulgaria, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Mexico, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey are cancelled until July 11.

“All customers impacted by these cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund, or to change to a later date or alternative holiday and receive a booking incentive,” TUI explained.

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

“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding at this time.”

Ryanair

Ryanair has continued to operate flights throughout the pandemic and has been gradually ramping up its service offering since May.

The airline has not recently announced any major cancellations as a result of the June 21 pushback.

However, the airline is allowing customers more flexibility when it comes to changing their travel plans.

The Irish carrier has extended its no-fee flight changes policy for bookings made before 30 September 2021, for travel before 31 December 2021.

“Our Zero Change Fee promo is applicable for bookings made after 10 June 2020,” explains the Ryanair website.

“Flight changes must take place at least seven days before the original scheduled departure dates to avail of promo.”

The airline is also currently calling for more transparency from the Government on upcoming changes to the traffic light travel list.

Airline boss Michael O’Leary has confirmed the airline is suing the Government, with the backing of easyJet, TUI and British Airways group IAG, as a result.

According to reports, Ryanair and Manchester Airports Group are calling for transparency over the decision of which countries move to the “safe” list every three weeks, and have taken legal action against the Government.

Mr O’Leary said: “We are trying to force the Government to at least either a) be more transparent [over the traffic light system], b) publish what exactly the thresholds are at which international travel will be allowed to restart. Or c) get some injunctive relief against the Government generally on the back of vaccines that says the longer lockdown is restricting people’s freedom of movement.”

He added: “I think [the UK] is going to be embarrassed by the Europeans.”

easyJet

easyJet has been forced to cancel flights and holidays amid the changing traffic light rules in recent months.

The airline is working in line with the Government’s traffic light system which means red list holidays are cancelled, meanwhile amber list holidays can only go ahead if customers are willing to follow the travel rules in place.

“Holidays to ‘amber’ destinations can go ahead if you’re happy to travel and follow the re-entry steps set out by the Government,” it states.

Green list holidays, which so far only include Gibraltar and Iceland, can also go ahead.

Currently, easyJet’s Protection Promise means customers are given a refund guarantee if their holiday or flight is cancelled. They will be allowed to rebook travel to a later date, request a credit towards future travel or request a full refund.

Customers are also able to change their travel plans up to two hours before departure.

According to the company’s website: “Transfer your flight fee-free this summer, anytime up to 2 hours before your departure to any flights currently on sale and to any destination on our network.

“Applies to changes made up to and including 30 September 2021. Only if the new fare is higher will you be asked to pay the difference.”

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Southwest Airlines grounds flights due to computer issue, reports say

Southwest Airlines grounds flights due to computer issue, reports say
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Southwest Airlines is responding to several concerns and complaints on social media regarding flights being grounded nationwide.

According to the flight-tracking website Flight Radar 24 more than a dozen flights that were set to take off Monday evening have not left and are delayed.

In responses to customers through social media, the airline wrote they are currently experiencing a system error and are working on getting things resolved. The airline told ABC News it’s a system that provides weather info to flight crews prior to takeoff.

Eyewitness News reached out to Southwest Airline for a statement but they have not responded.

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Britons furious as easyJet cancels holidays and fails to offer alternative flights

Britons furious as easyJet cancels holidays and fails to offer alternative flights

If aasyjet cancels all flights to a destination, a replacement flight with another airline should be provided.

In esyjet’s latest communication, it only stated that “If there are no easyJet flights available to get you to your destination within 24 hours, you have the option to transfer to another airline, take a train, bus or hire a car.”

However, it said passengers are responsible for booking the alternative transport and a refund will only be made for “reasonable transport costs.”

A Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson said: “Passengers who have seen their flights cancelled should be offered the choice of reimbursement for cancelled flights, alternate travel arrangements under comparable conditions at the earliest opportunity which includes flights on other airlines, or a new flight at a later date at the passenger’s convenience.

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2 Million Board U.S. Flights for the First Time Since Pandemic

2 Million Board U.S. Flights for the First Time Since Pandemic

More than two million travelers passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday, the first time since March 2020 that such a milestone had been reached, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

“The growing number of travelers demonstrates this country’s resilience and the high level of confidence in Covid-19 countermeasures,” Darby LaJoye, a T.S.A. official, said in a statement issued on Saturday. “T.S.A. stands ready to provide a safe and secure screening process as part of the overall travel experience.”

The agency screened 2,028,961 travelers on Friday, almost four times more than the 519,304 people that passed through security checkpoints a year earlier. Friday’s number is still only about 74 percent of the total on the same date in 2019, according to the T.S.A.

Air travel came close to hitting the two-million mark on the Friday before Memorial Day in May, when more than 1.95 million people went through security checkpoints, according to the T.S.A. Still, significantly more Americans preferred to travel by road for Memorial Day weekend. Before the holiday, AAA said it expected about nine out of 10 travelers would drive to their destinations.

Before the start of the pandemic, an average of about 2 million to 2.5 million travelers were screened daily by the T.S.A., according to the agency. Since the pandemic, the lowest screening volume was recorded last year on April 13, when fewer than 88,000 air travelers went through security checkpoints, the agency said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in April that fully vaccinated Americans could travel at low risk.

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