Jet2 demands clarity from government over travel rules as it suspends flights

Jet2holidays says they are ‘extremely disappointed’ by the plan to kick-start global travel (Picture: Getty Images)

One of Britain’s biggest holiday companies has extended its suspension of flights due to ‘continued uncertainty’ around international travel.

Jet2holidays is halting flights and holidays up to and including June 23 because of a ‘lack of clarity and detail’ from Downing Street.

The firm says affected customers will have their bookings automatically cancelled and refunded.

Boris Johnson has previously said he is ‘confident’ non-essential trips abroad will be allowed from May 17, although No 10 won’t make a final decision until next month, leaving travel companies in the dark.

The government has confirmed it will use a traffic light system to determine the rules for travelling to different countries, but the destinations won’t be announced until May.

Chief executive Steve Heapy said: ‘We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce’s framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.

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The government won’t announce how countries will be split between the new traffic light system until next month (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

‘After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.

‘Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

‘Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23rd June 2021.’

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