More and more holidays are being cancelled as the UK’s lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Government advice to avoid all non-essential travel – to anywhere in the world – remains in place. As a result numerous airlines have grounded nearly all their flights.
Some are starting to restart flights or pencil in dates to resume bookings, and while the UK’s lockdown continues, other countries are starting to ease restrictions.
Some of the UK’s major airlines have explained when they’re looking to start flying again and take people on long-awaited holidays.
EasyJet planes remain grounded indefinitely.
Bosses have said holidays from June onwards should go ahead as planned, although they’ll be in touch if things change. Flights won’t be considered before the end of May, though.
A spokesperson said: “The entire fleet of aircraft is being maintained in order to give us the ability to restart partially at around 14 days notice. It is likely that different countries and destinations will open up with various restrictions and on different timescales.”
EasyJet has also said it’s looking at how the pandemic will affect future holidays, and are looking at these bookings in departure date order. The company has said it will contact affected customers as soon as possible.
99% of Ryanair flights are grounded, with only a small number of emergency routes being operated until May 14.
The airline has said that a normal schedule won’t happen until June 17 at the earliest, and has told customers that if they have not received a cancellation email or SMS, then their flight is operating as normal.
Cancellation messages are being sent roughly two weeks before departure.
The airline said in a statement: “As most EU countries have imposed flight bans or other restrictions, over 99% of Ryanair’s aircraft are grounded for the coming weeks. We will comply with these restrictions at all times.
“We are working with EU Governments to try to keep some minimum flight links open for emergency reasons, even though the passenger loads on these flights is very low. We are extending this limited schedule by two weeks to Thursday 14 May. Ryanair is operating these flights daily or weekly.”
All TUI holidays due to take place on or before May 14 have been axed, as well as all Marella Cruises until May 31.
Holidays after these dates are, at present, set to go ahead, although these plans remain under constant review.
The company said in a statement: “Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against all but essential travel.
“Unfortunately, this means that we’re no longer able to offer TUI holidays travelling on or before 14 May 2020 and Marella Cruises sailings travelling on or before 31 May 2020.
“We’ve also made the difficult decision to postpone the launch of TUI River Cruises until 26 November 2020.”
Jet2 and Jet2 Holidays has said it’s aiming to restart flights and holidays in mid-June.
A spokesperson said in a statement: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve decided to recommence our flights programme on 17 June 2020. If you’re travelling before this date, unfortunately, your booking will be affected as our flights won’t be operating.
“We’re proactively contacting all affected customers in departure date order, which we think is the fairest way – please be patient with us as we do this.”
Jet2 has said customers due to travel before June 17 do not need to contact the airline, and they will be in touch to discuss their options, which includes rebooking for a later date.
Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air is planning to restart selected flights from London Luton Airport to destinations including Budapest and Tenerife from Friday (May 1).
Destinations include Budapest in Hungary, Lisbon in Portugal, and Tenerife in Spain, as well as several locations in Romania.
Wizz Air UK managing director Owain Jones said: “As we restart selected Luton flights to provide an essential service to passengers who need to travel, our primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our customers and crew.
“We encourage our customers to watch our new video on how to stay safe when travelling, as well as for more details on our new health and safety measures.”