Latest updates from Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair and BA as the traffic light system changes
The UK’s traffic light system changed this week with updated travel restrictions on popular summer hot spots.
The latest rules, which apply to Scotland, come into effect at 4 a.m. on Sunday 8 August, with changes to the Green, Orange and Red lists.
Spain and France have avoided being added to the red list, while Germany, Norway and Austria are among the countries that have gone green.
Airlines have had to update their flight schedules during the pandemic in accordance with the latest travel restrictions for going abroad, with many forced to cancel trips.
Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair, TUI and BA all had to cut and change flights this summer to allow holidaymakers to fly overseas.
Here are the latest updates from each airline:
Jet2 and Jet2holidays have restarted flights and holidays to all Orange List destinations from July 19 at ten UK bases.
The airline has created its own “traffic light update” to help customers better understand the impact of travel rules on their vacation booking.
Jet2 now offers flights to more than 40 quarantine destinations.
“If your booking is affected in any way, we’ll get back to you as soon as possible,” says the Leeds-based carrier.
“Please do not contact us and wait for us to give you more details.”
For those with travel plans, Jet2 encourages customers to visit the “seven days before departure” website for all the “latest information”.
Jet2 is also warning customers not to start organizing Covid tests until their travel time.
In an effort to further increase vacation bookings, the airline recently launched a branded news sale for its winter 2022 and 2023 seasons.
EasyJet and easyJet Holidays have strengthened their offer in accordance with the latest travel rules.
The airline provides information on Covid testing and travel requirements on its website and operates flights under its own traffic light system which follows government guidelines.
If your vacation is moved from the ‘green’ or ‘green’ list to the ‘amber’ or ‘red’ list before your departure, then you will be able to make changes to your vacation according to the flexible options set out in the ‘Amber List Information ‘or’ red ‘.
If the change occurs while you are on vacation, easyJet will contact you to help you with your options.
However, the airline warns that travel rules “can sometimes change in the short term, so be sure to keep checking the government’s website for the latest updates.”
The airline offers flights to:
Green: Bulgaria, Iceland, Gibraltar, Malta Croatia, Israel, Madeira, Austria, Germany, Slovenia
Orange: Austria Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Estonia France * Germany Greece Hungary Italy Jordan Luxembourg Monaco Montenegro Morocco Netherlands Poland Portugal (mainland) Slovenia Spain Switzerland.
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TUI was forced to cancel some summer trips to destinations such as Spain, Greece and Italy last week due to ongoing traffic light restrictions.
The travel operator has cut flights to a number of holiday hot spots that were scheduled for the remainder of the month – including some trips from Glasgow and Edinburgh Airport.
The airline says it continually reviews its vacation schedule and cancellations in accordance with government updates every three weeks.
TUI currently operates to the following destinations:
- Croatia (Dubrovnik, Pula and Split), Madeira and Porto Santo
- Antigua, Barbados, Gibraltar, Grenada, Iceland, Jersey and Malta with non-TUI flights
- Balearic Islands (Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca)
- Canary Islands (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife)
- Greece (Corfu, Crete, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Kos, Parga, Rhodes, Sami, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos and Zakynthos)
- Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos), Jamaica, mainland Spain (Alicante and Malaga), Morocco (Agadir and Marrakech), Portugal and Saint Lucia
The following destinations are planned to start:
From August 7: Mainland Spain (Reus) and Switzerland (TUI Lakes & Mountains) with non-TUI flights
From August 8: United Arab Emirates (Dubai) with non-TUI flights
Latest flight cancellations:
Until August 25 inclusive: Aruba
Until August 27 inclusive: Italy (Sicily, Sardinia, Calabria)
Until August 31 inclusive: Florida, Turkey and Mexico (Cancun) and India, Indonesia, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand (Phuket), United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi) and United States with non-TUI flights
Until September 4 inclusive: Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt and Tunisia and Canada, Kenya, Seychelles and Tobago with non-TUI flights
Until October 31 inclusive: Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI Lakes and Mountains including non-TUI flights) and Bulgaria, mainland Spain (Girona), Malta (except non TUI flights) and Montenegro.
Ryanair has added flights to its schedule over the summer in accordance with current travel restrictions.
The airline states: “Travel restrictions are updated regularly, we recommend that you check with the appropriate local authorities before flying.”
Ryanir also warns passengers that it is “your responsibility to ensure that you are aware of all mandatory Covid-19 travel requirements, including testing requirements, before you fly.”
Ryanair flies to the following destinations, but not all connections work:
Armenia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia. Lithuania, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine
For more information, visit Ryanair’s Covid travel page.
British Airways and its package holidays branch British Airways Holidays have extended their flexible booking policy.
It comes as arrivals from the European Union and the United States are allowed to enter the UK without quarantine as long as they can prove that they have received both doses of their Covid vaccination.
According to British Airways: “Those who have booked a flight or a vacation, which must be completed by August 31, 2022, can make changes to their booking or cancel their trip in exchange for a voucher – both free.
“In addition, the voucher credit has been extended for use on trips completed by September 30, 2023.”
For flight bookings only, customers can change their booking or request a voucher until check-in closes for their flight.
If a customer’s flight is canceled, they are entitled to a full refund or a voucher.
For package holidays, customers can change their reservation or request a voucher with as little as three weeks notice.
In addition, they can guarantee their holiday package with down payments starting from £ 60 per person with the final balance only due three weeks before departure.
“If we can’t honor a customer’s vacation, we promise they’ll be refunded within 14 days,” British Airways says.