Jet2 extends cancellation of holidays & flights to Canary Islands amid quarantine rules

The airline and holiday firm made the announcement on Twitter with all flights and holidays being cancelled up until September 26. Jet2 said: “Due to the current government travel advice, we have taken the decision to suspend flights and holidays to the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote) up to and including September 26. Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we will be in touch to discuss their options which include rebooking with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund.

“For bookings due to travel to the Canary Islands from September 27 onwards, we are continuing to monitor the station very closely, and will provide an additional update once we receive further information from the government.

“Once again, we would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.”

There are high hopes that flights and holidays will continue to the popular islands on September 27.

But this seems unlikely unless the UK lifts its travel restrictions on the Canary Islands.

This week, several Greek islands were removed from England’s travel corridor.

The move saw the government change its approach regarding quarantine rules.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the government can now take a more “targeted approach to travel corridors” which will allow England to have more flexibility to just add or remove islands.

He said on Twitter: “New scientific capability & capacity now means we can take a more targeted approach to travel corridors, giving England the flexibility to add or remove islands from the list based on clear evidence – whilst ensuring maximum protection to UK public health.”

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He added: “Using our newly acquired JBC data and systems, we are now in a position to remove only the Greek islands where holidaymakers are at risk of spreading new infection back home – and not the mainland.”

The move sparked anger among thousands of British tourists that were on holiday on the islands at the time.

However, the government’s new approach could benefit the Canary and Balearic Islands in the future.

Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said in an interview with RNE radio: “The important thing is that there is a window of opportunity that did not exist before because the UK previously considered Spain as a whole.”

She added: “It is important for the Canary archipelago which benefits from winter tourism.”

However, Mr Shapps said the coronavirus infection rate was still too high in the Balearic and Canary Islands for them to be removed from the quarantine list.

A large proportion of Spain’s foreign tourists are from the UK.

The quarantine rules, which were put back in place at the end of July, have left the country’s tourism industry struggling.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Spain fell 75 percent in July from a year earlier.

Spain’s coronavirus cases have surged again over the summer, rising above their peak in April.

The country has recorded over 540,000 cases and 29,628 deaths from the virus.

Spain reported 3,168 new daily cases yesterday.

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