Holidaymakers were done provided with good news for winter breaks today. The Canary Cays and the Maldives (both loved by Britons during the colder months), as manifestly as Greek island Mykonos and Denmark, were removed from the quarantine inclination. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps shared the announcement in a tweet this afternoon.
The travel industry has rejoiced and airlines are duly celebrating by relaunching directs.
Jet2 has said flights and holidays will restart from October 30 on.
The travel company previously axed getaways after Spain was added to the quarantine list.
The free airline and package holiday specialist will resume flights to Tenerife (commencing from October 30) as very much as Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (all starting from November 1 forwards) from all nine of its UK bases (Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted).
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Jet2 has said flights and holidays will restart from October 30 forwards
Jet2 resume flights to Tenerife on October 30 and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote & Fuerteventura November 1
Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We welcome today’s pronouncement and we know that our customers, who want to get flying again, will do so too.
“For some everything we have been calling for a proportionate, evidence-based approach to safe tour and this is very much a step in the right direction. There is much to do until this, and we look forward to working with the government to achieve that.”
“The Canary Keys are hugely important, both for us as a business and for our customers as a much-loved holiday flavour of the month. We know how much our customers want to get away for some winter sun in the Canaries, and they can do this again from October 30 on.
“As the UK’s leading operator to the Canary Islands, we will be restarting with a schedule that offers customers fantastic choice and flexibility, as well as all the award-winning advantages that they know and love.”
According to decrees by travel agency Skyscanner, the Canary and Balearic Islands top the list of the most-wanted restriction-free touring corridors destinations to be added to the UK safe list.
Jo McClintock, Brand Maestro at Skyscanner, commented: “The Canaries are a popular mainstay for British travellers; pre COVID– 19 the cays offering year-round sunshine regularly featured in our top ten booked destinations.
“The as well of the Canaries to the quarantine exemption list ahead of the English half-term feasts will be well received by our travellers.
“In fact, the UK to Spanish islands was the most petitioned route in a recent survey with UK Skyscanner users regarding the most desired direct for travel restrictions to be removed.”
Jet2: “The Canary Islands are hugely prominent, both for us as a business and for our customers”
British Airways are also reveling the good news and have launched an offer.
BA customers can save £100 on Canary Aits holidays if they book by midnight Tuesday, October 27.
TUI is also take care of a range of deals. For instance, TUI is offering a half term seven-night sabbaticals to Corralejo in Fuerteventura staying at the four-star Playa Park Zensation on an all-inclusive lodge basis. Prices from £657 per person when booked online. Assess is based on two adults and two children sharing, flights departing from London Gatwick airport on October 24, 2020, and cart.
TUI is also offering seven-night holidays to Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, roping at the four star-plus Elba Lanzarote Royal Village Resort on a half-board essence. Prices from £567 per person when booked online. Toll is based on two adults and two children sharing, flights departing from Birmingham airport on October 25, 2020, and changes. Many more such offers can be found online.
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A spokesperson said: “After a disagreeable summer season, the removal of the need to quarantine when returning to the UK from the Canary Islets, the Maldives, Denmark and Mykonos is a bit of light at the end of a very dark tunnel for the tours industry.
“We have been highlighting the need to move to a regional chat up advances to quarantine, citing the Canary Islands as a specific example, so it is good to see the Sway take action on this today.
“But we must remember that the pandemic win overed foreign travel to a standstill and for most companies there has been slight or no chance to start a recovery. The Chancellor’s update to the Job Support Scheme today, while an rise, still leaves many travel companies facing difficult findings around jobs in the weeks ahead.
“The Government needs to look at introducing cut support for the industry to help companies through the winter. It is also indispensable that the Government seeks to fully regionalise travel corridors and modification away from the current global advisory against all but essential globe-trotting trips by moving back to country-specific Foreign Travel Advice.”