Holidays abroad and flights have been very uncertain over the last few weeks. But as the UK’s coronavirus case and death rate drops, the possibility of a holiday abroad is looking more likely. While some airlines such as Jet2 decided to push back their start dates, others have decided to begin flights earlier than planned.
TUI also announced last week that it will only be flying to destinations where there are no quarantine rules in place.
That means destinations like France may be off limits to TUI customers.
With changes ongoing across multiple airlines, here’s everything you need to know.
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TUI has made multiple announcements this month which have definitely disappointed a few of their loyal customers.
The airline and holiday company said that it will only be flying its customers to countries that do not quarantine travellers on arrival.
This means that Britons with flights to France may see their flight cancelled.
The move is definitely good news to anyone flying to Spain with TUI after it was announced yesterday that Spain will be allowing Britons to enter the country without having to quarantine for 14 days.
TUI will be restarting its flights from July 11 after it announced this month it would be pushing back the date from July 1.
Anyone with a holiday on or before August 31 can change their dates at no extra cost.
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Ryanair restarted some of its flights from June 21 in a surprise move that saw its original July 1 plans scrapped.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “Although we are officially back with 1,000 daily flights from July 1 (across the network), some routes are starting from 21 June.”
Ryanair will be operating flights to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Cyprus from July 1.
The budget airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary has famously been opposed to the UK’s current quarantine rules.
The budget airline restarted some domestic flights from June 15 with limited routes overseas.
The airline is currently operating routes between Gatwick and Nice in France.
The airline has an impressive 1,022 routes but these won’t all be up and running this summer.
easyJet is planning to restart half of its routes by the end of July and then increase to 75 percent during August.
However, the airline will only be running at a 30 percent capacity.
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Jet2’s latest announcement said that flights will restart on July 15.
Any flights before July 15 will be impacted but customers can change the booking date for free.
Jet2 said in a statement: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve decided to recommence our flights programme on 15 July 2020.
“If you’re travelling before this date, unfortunately, your booking will be affected as our flights won’t be operating.”
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The airline said back in May that it was hoping to make a “meaningful return” back in July according to its owners, International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG).
IAG chief executive Willie Walsh, said back in May: “We are planning for a meaningful return to service in July 2020 at the earliest, depending on the easing of lockdowns and travel restrictions around the world.”
BA never officially ceased flights during the pandemic and are encouraging people to check their website for the latest flight information.
Virgin Atlantic’s announced on June 4 that it will be resuming services “from London Heathrow to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong and Shanghai set to resume from 20th and 21st July 2020.”
The airline also said it will be “steadily increasing passenger flying throughout the second half of 2020”.
The airline is then planning “gradual recover” in 2021 when customer demand begins to return.