Airlines have responded to recent changes to UK travel rules with an update for vacationers.
There are already reports of “an immediate and massive surge in bookings for flights and package tours” following the announcement by Grant Shapps.
The Minister of Transport has abolished the traffic light system and replaced it with a single red list of no-go destinations and removed eight countries from the red list.
People who are fully vaccinated no longer need a preliminary test before returning from destinations outside the Red List and can replace the day 2 PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test from the end of October.
Now TUI and Jet2 have given customers an update on their flight schedules for autumn.
Here’s everything we know so far:
Andrew Flintham, CEO of the vacation company TUI UK, said he saw “an increase in bookings for Turkey” back in October and expected the new rules to increase customer confidence.
The airline posted a statement to customers on its website saying that their teams will work through the new information following the government’s announcement.
They will be adding new details on test packages and access requirements in the coming days.
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Details on cancellations and where they are currently operating can be found below.
Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
Canaries (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife)
Croatia (Dubrovnik, Pula and Split)
Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos)
Greece (Corfu, Crete, Chalkidiki, Kefalonia, Kos, Parga, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos and Zakynthos)
Madeira and Porto Santo
Mainland Spain (Alicante, Malaga and Reus)
Morocco (Agadir and Marrakech)
Greece (Athens, Peloponnese and Mykonos)
Italy (Naples, Apulia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Venice)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Barcelona)
United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
Due to the ongoing travel uncertainty, the following travel destinations are being canceled:
Up to and including September 30th:
Up to and including October 9th:
Aruba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Florida, Jamaica, Mexico and Tunisia
Canada, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) and USA
Up to and including October 31:
Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI lakes and mountains)
Bulgaria (Varna and Burgas)
Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)
Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)
Further information on TUI flight schedules can be found on the travel information page here.
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, says he saw a surge in bookings amid the latest travel announcement.
Mr. Heapy welcomed the changes to expensive tests, saying vacationers had been “unjustly punished”.
He also announced some additions to their flight schedule as Turkey is slated to be removed from the red list next week.
Mr Heapy said, âWe have seen an increase in demand over the past few days and with this welcome news for holidaymakers in England there has been an immediate and massive surge in bookings for flights and package tours. We look forward to seeing the Scottish Government and the Northern Irish Executive also update their advice.
âAlthough it is a long time coming, we are delighted that the government has finally committed to properly reopening international travel. Vacationers will be frustrated that these changes will be late for the main summer vacation season, but we know how excited they will be that their vacation is no longer dependent on restrictions that are completely incompatible with other areas of daily life.
âThe need to have an on-site test before departure, along with an expensive PCR test upon returning to the UK, has unfairly punished hard-working customers and families for far too long. While removing these burdens is welcome news and a step in the right direction, more can be done.
âThe traffic light system has been confusing and completely unusable since day one. We welcome a new approach that is easy to understand for everyone and gives security. ”
Mr Heapy said Jet2 would resume holidays in Turkey in time for the winter sun.
He said: âAs Turkey is being removed from the Red List, we will resume flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Thursday, September 23rd.
âWe’re excited to be resuming this program, and with great deals, we know there will be phenomenal demand for late summer sun, October half-yearly break, and winter sun. The same applies to the more than 40 destinations that we head for.
âThe desire to have a well-deserved vacation in the sun has never waned, although tough and unfair restrictions have remained an obstacle for some. Now many of these restrictions have been lifted, the rush of bookings for flights and package tours in sunny, ski and leisure cities shows us how much vacationers long to get away.
“Holidays mean so much to everyone, and we can’t wait to take our customers with us.”
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