TUI, easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair share update on resumed flights

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TUI, easyJet, British Airways and other airlines have released updates on the flight restart date.

European governments are currently grappling with how and when to let in foreign travelers, hoping to save the summer tourist season.

Greece has revived regular ferry services to its islands, and cafes and restaurants are also back open for business as the country steps up its efforts.

And Spain announced over the weekend that its nation was ready to welcome foreign visitors in July.

The Mirror has gathered the latest information from the major airlines on when to resume flights and what customers should do.

Jet2

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced plans to resume flights and vacations on July 1.

A spokesperson said, “We have always said that the sun will shine again and when it does, we will be there to take customers on a well-deserved vacation.”



A Jet2 plane lands at Birmingham Airport where there is an empty parking lot as many remain inside because of the coronavirus.

“In addition to taking them on their essential vacation, customers can rest assured that we will implement measures, in consultation with the appropriate authorities, to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone on board.”

Destinations will include Alicante, Zante, Verona, Malaga and Madeira.

Customers who must leave before that will be contacted by Jet2 to discuss their options, including booking their vacation.

EasyJet

EasyJet will resume flights from 22 European airports from June 15.

Flights will serve a number of UK airports, including Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast.

The only international route from the UK will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.



EasyJet aircraft sit on tarmac at Luton Airport

But there will be no food sold during the flights, and passengers must wear masks.

The planes will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfection wipes and a hand sanitizer will be available for passengers.

A spokesperson said that she “introduced new measures to ensure safety and well-being, including improved cleaning and disinfection of aircraft and the requirement for passengers and crew to wear masks.”

Ryanair

Ryanair currently operates 30 flights a day, but has announced plans to restore 40% of its flights from July 1.

The airline is scheduled to resume flights from most of its 80 bases across Europe – and the British will be able to fly to countries such as Berlin, Prague, Venice, Malta and Marrakech.

Passengers and crew will be required to wear masks or face covers and pass temperature controls.

A limited range of refreshments will be sold on board and no cash will be accepted.




Passengers traveling in July or August must complete a form specifying the duration of their visit and their place of stay.

This information will be provided to EU governments.

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said, “It is important to our customers and employees that we return to certain regular schedules starting July 1.

“Governments across Europe have put in place a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“After four months, it is time to fly Europe again so that we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work and restart the tourism industry in Europe, which provides so many millions of ‘jobs. “

British Airways

British Airways has announced that it plans to “return to significant service” in July, subject to relaxed restrictions.

But the bosses have warned that the airline does not expect to return to full capacity before 2023.

A spokesperson said: “These plans are very uncertain and subject to easing of travel bottlenecks and restrictions.”

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TUI, Britain’s largest vacation company, plans to resume travel on June 12.

The tour operator says the situation will be “constantly reviewed”.

Destinations include Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Iceland.

A TUI spokesperson said, “We understand these times are incredibly uncertain and we are continually reviewing and updating our policies in accordance with government directives.




“Our vacations which leave after June 12, 2020 must currently work as planned.

“It is also reassuring for customers to know that all of our package tours are protected by ATOL, so that travelers can book their future vacations with confidence.

“If the holiday has to be canceled along the way, they will be offered the option of receiving a refund credit with an incentive bonus or a cash refund.”

“We know our customers will want to travel again and we are thrilled and ready to take them on vacation as soon as we can. “

Virgin Atlantic

The airline said it would not resume flights until August “at the earliest” due to new mandatory self-isolation regulations for people entering the UK.

A spokesperson said, “The safety and security of our employees and customers is always our top priority and public health must come first.

“However, by introducing mandatory 14-day self-isolation for every traveler entering the UK, the government’s approach will prevent the resumption of flights.

“We are continually reviewing our flight schedule and with these restrictions, there will simply not be enough demand to resume passenger services before August at the earliest.

“We know that, as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air transport will be a vital catalyst for the UK’s economic recovery.

“Therefore, we demand a multi-layered approach to carefully targeted public health and screening measures that will allow a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”

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