Jet2 will hit the skies again from July 1st. The UK-based travel firm had been forced to suspend its operations due to the impact of the global health crisis. With the number of new cases being reported each day in Europe falling, the operator announced yesterday that it now has a date for when it will restart its flights and holiday packages.
According to a press release, Jet2 states that the health and safety of its customers and employees is its absolute priority. Therefore, it is continuing to monitor the situation very closely. However, with Europe opening up its borders again from next month and new health measures in place to protect fliers, the low-cost carrier is confident that July is a good month to resume commercial activity.
“We have said throughout that the sun will shine again and when it does, we will be there to take customers away on their well-deserved holidays,” Jet2 said, as per its press release.
“As well as taking them away for their much-needed holidays, customers can be assured that we will be implementing measures, in consultation with the relevant authorities, to ensure the safety and well-being of everybody onboard. We will announce further details on this in due course.”
The airline shared that with its aircraft on the ground, its focus has been on looking after its customers that have had their travel impacted. It is proud to be recognised as the best airline and best tour operator in the UK for how it had been treating customers in response to the pandemic. This feedback is from a survey conducted by Money Saving Expert.
Jet2 passengers who were due to travel before July 1st do not need to contact the airline. It is proactively contacting customers to discuss their options, such as rebooking their holidays to a later date. Additionally, if a passenger has a ticket that is due to depart on or after July 1st, the booking is subject to the company’s standard terms and conditions.
Reliance on authorities
Jet2 will be hoping that by the time it hits the air again, the United Kingdom has relaxed its quarantine measures, which will be put into place from June 8th. The government plans to review this process every three weeks and could make tweaks when it comes to countries with less risk.
Altogether, these quarantine measures will hinder the regrowth of the country’s industry. Large parts of the UK’s population would have to spend a large portion of their annual leave in quarantine. Subsequently, fewer people will be inclined to travel as they can’t have more days off work.
Several airlines and passengers have criticized the introduction of this measure. The UK went through the peak of the coronavirus outbreak in the country with minimal travel restrictions in place. However, it has now decided to introduce them when the market has a chance to recover. Nonetheless, European airlines will at least be happy to return to the skies.
Back in action
The carrier did not state which flights will resume. However, with the global situation continually evolving, it will be able to evaluate its operations better when July approaches.
Its regional rival Ryanair is planning to resume 1000 daily flights in July, while easyJet will fly again from the middle of next month. Altogether, these airlines will be happy to finally get back to business.
Simple Flying reached out to Jet2 for comment on its flight schedule for July. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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