Latest updates from TUI, Jet2, Ryanair & easyJet for post-lockdown flights – My London



Although most airlines were forced to cancel flights this month in the face of the second lockdown, many are now making new plans going forward.

The restrictions mean that Brits haven’t been able to travel abroad for non-essential reasons since November 5 and won’t be able to again until December 2.

But with the end of the restrictions now on the horizon thousands of people are looking to see if they can go abroad over Christmas and the holiday period, reports the Express.

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Here are the future plans for TUI, Jet2, Ryanair & easyJet.

TUI

Currently, TUI is only flying to the Canary Islands from Scotland.

Britons do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK from the Canary Islands.

However, TUI have said on their website that they expect to be able to take travellers to several other destinations soon.

Currently, travel abroad is off the cards in England and Wales unless it’s for an essential purpose.

TUI’s website reads: “Due to the lockdown restrictions in place, we’re not operating any holidays from England, Wales or Northern Ireland from 00:01 on November 5 up to and including December 1.

“If your holiday is affected, we’ll be in touch.”

Here are the destinations TUI is hoping to open up to its customers soon:

Antigua

Barbados

Cape Verde

Cuba

Cyprus

Egypt

Greece

Iceland

Italy

Lapland

Maldives

Malta

Morocco

Portugal (Madeira)

Saint Lucia

Spain (Mainland and Balearic Islands)

Turkey

United Arab Emirates

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Ryanair

Ryanair is continuing to operate its UK flights as scheduled.

The airline has said previously that it would continue to fly to destinations that are included on the quarantine list.

However, customers should expect a reduced capacity. Throughout October, the airline operated at 40 percent of its usual capacity.

They have also announced additional flights which will begin on December 17.

The airline has announced 24 additional flights from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK.

The budget airline has also launched a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel between December 17 and January 9.

The new flights and cheap fares mean that Britons could potentially be able to visit friends and family over the Christmas period cheaply – if there are no travel restrictions in place.

The new flights from the UK include:

London Stansted to Athens – two more flights

London Stansted to Bucharest – five more flights

London Stansted to Budapest – one more flight

London Stansted to Malaga – one more flight

London Stansted to Seville – one more flight

Manchester to Fuerteventura – one more flight

Manchester to Lanzarote – three more flights

Britons should check UK government guidelines before they travel and the entry requirement of the country they are travelling to.

easyJet

Despite the new lockdown drastically affecting the schedule, easyJet hope to continue their usual service in early December.

A spokesperson for the budget airline told MyLondon: ““Following the Government’s announcement which essentially prevents air travel in the UK, easyJet will not be able operate the majority of our UK touching schedule during the lockdown period.”

Despite this the airline is continuing with a few flights.

The spokesperson continued: “We are operating a reduced schedule in order to maintain connectivity between key cities in the UK alongside a small number of international routes.

“This will include maintaining domestic services connecting London, Scotland, Belfast, Birmingham and the Northwest.

“We plan to resume our planned flying schedule in early December.”

easyJet is expecting to fly at a maximum of 20 percent capacity in the first quarter of 2021.

The budget airline is committed to “cash generative flying over the winter” and hopes to “ramp up” capacity once demand increases.

The airline revealed earlier this week that it made its first annual loss in its 25-year history of £1.27billion.

Like many airlines, easyJet saw its passenger numbers plummet due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

easyJet announced it would be putting more flights on sale to the Canary Islands last month after the destination was added to the travel corridor list.

Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands are available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from just £22.99.

The routes will be from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast to the islands.

Jet2

Earlier in the month Jet2 set out its timetable for when its flights will once again begin.

The budget airline is popular for flights to Spain, Canary Islands, Italy, Turkey, Malta and Portugal.

Its planned restart dates, as of today, are as follows:

Tenerife – December 3
Lanzarote – December 3
Fuerteventura – December 3
Gran Canaria – December 3
Antalya – December 3
Venice – February 11
Alicante – February 11
Barcelona – February 11
Malaga – February 11
Palma – February 11
Faro – February 11
Malta – February 14

Holiday and airline firm Jet2 announced today that it had made a loss for the six months up to September.

Jet2 and Jet2holdiays said it will be remaining “cautious” when approaching summer 2021 despite recent positive developments on a coronavirus vaccine.

The firm reported operating losses of £111.2million for the six months to September 30, against earnings of £361.5million the previous year.

In what would normally be its busiest period, the airline flew just 990,000 passengers in the first half-year.

This is down from 10.07million a year earlier as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on aviation.

Jet2 warned over further losses in the traditionally quieter half of the financial year and cautioned that it expects to slash its winter 2020-21 services by half year-on-year.

Jet2 chairman Philip Meeson said: “Whilst the recent positive news about a potential vaccine was welcome, we continue our cautious approach to summer 2021.”

But he added that current seat capacity is close to summer 2019 levels at this stage.

Jet2 also announced that more flights and holidays to Greece will be available in summer 2021.

The airline said that new routes will be available from Newcastle and East Midlands Airports.

Flights to Kefalonia, Santorini and Skiathos will be available from Newcastle Airport in summer 2021.

East Midlands Airport will have flights to Skiathos next summer.

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