JET2 announced the resumption of its flights and vacations on June 17.
The announcement was made on the travel agency’s social media pages, despite government orders this weekend to the British not to travel abroad “indefinitely”.
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The restrictions were initially in effect until April 15, but this weekend the FCO announced, “The Foreign Office advises against all non-essential world travel indefinitely.”
Following their decision, all trips booked through Jet2 until June 17 are now canceled due to the pandemic.
A statement on their Twitter page said: “Given the continuing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the decision to resume our flight and vacation schedule on June 17.
“This means that for customers traveling before this date, unfortunately, your flights and vacations will not work.
“We will contact all affected customers to discuss their options, one of which is a new reservation at a later date. We are contacting all customers in the first order, which we believe is the fairest way to handle this.
“The number of calls we have received is unprecedented, so there is no need to contact us. Please be patient and we thank customers in advance for their loyalty, understanding and patience. “
While there is no indication that the Department of Foreign Affairs will have lifted its travel restrictions by June 17, the announcement will allow Jet2 to create a temporary stopping point for the allocation of reimbursements and reservations for customers with holidays booked for this summer.
The weekend’s new FCO guidelines were criticized by consumer watchdog Which?, Who said it could cause problems for Britons trying to get refunds because there was no date of special purpose for the travel ban.
This left travel agents struggling to decide how far in advance they would offer other arrangements or refunds in light of the new guidelines.
Roly Boland, publisher of Which? Travel, told iNews: “The travel warning should be extended until a final date, which can be revised if necessary, so that travelers have some clarity about refunds, booking changes or requests for travel. ‘insurance. “
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Families who had booked vacations for this summer are already struggling to get reimbursed for their booked vacations from travel agencies and airlines, with a number of operators offering only credit notes.
Others were forced to call a phone number for a refund after the option was removed from the website, only to deal with long queues or to be unable to communicate with anyone.
Jet2 launched its summer vacation and flights for the summer of 2021 last month as many Britons decide to give up their vacation this summer and focus on next year.
Package travel and travel company flights went on sale this week, with destinations in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Portugal and Italy.
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Paul Charles, aviation expert and head of travel agency The PC Agency, recently told Sun Online Travel that when we get out of the pandemic, vacationers can expect incredible deals.
He said, “Right now, I think it’s out of people’s minds. They want to squat and make sure the people they love are safe.
“But it will come, it will rebound and the silver lining is that there will be good deals at some point.
“When confidence returns and airlines can start flying again, they will have great deals to offer consumers. “