Jet2 and Jet2holidays have cancelled all departures up to and including 25 March.
All affected bookings will be automatically cancelled and customers will be refunded.
The company said it had decided to extend the suspension of its programme due to ongoing travel restrictions.
Currently, overseas holidays are banned under the lockdown restrictions, which are expected to last at least until mid-February. The Government has warned they could last until the end of March.
Also, the Government announced today that it will introduce mandatory Covid screening for all returning holidaymakers from Friday. Everyone over the age of 10 will have to provide proof of a negative Covid test or face a fine of at least £500.
It has also removed the travel corridor to Dubai due to a sudden rise in Covid cases in the United Arab Emirate. Everyone returning from Dubai must quarantine for up to 10 days.
When will I get a refund for my Jet2/Jet2holidays cancellation?
Customers are entitled to a refund within 14 days of their holiday cancellation. If your flight is cancelled, you’re entitled to a refund within seven days.
Some tour operators and airlines have been taking longer to refund, but Jet2 and Jet2holidays have a good reputation for refunding customers as fast as possible.
In a statement today, the company said: “We would like to thank our valued customers for their patience and understanding.”
What about holidays after 25 March?
For customers due to travel after 25 March, Jet2 says it will provide further updates closer to the time. I guess it all depends on whether the UK is still in lockdown and what other travel restrictions remain in place. You should expect more news next month.
What about TUI and other travel companies?
At the moment TUI has only cancelled its programme up to mid-February. But it is likely that it will extend the suspension of its programme beyond this if the UK lockdown restrictions aren’t lifted.
If you are due to travel before the end of April you can change your holiday free of amendment fees, says TUI. But you’ll have to pay any difference in price. That said, you’ll get a refund if you switch to a cheaper TUI package.
Other tour operators are also likely to cancel holidays while there is a ban on UK travel.