Bookings surge as the operator resumes international flights and holidays to Madeira, Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca
Jet2.com and Jet2holidays resumed international flights and holidays to four sunny destinations on the green list from July 1, following the announcement from the UK government on international travel. As of June 30, 27 additional destinations were added to the green list, meaning visitors do not have to quarantine on their return to the UK.
Jet2 is now running flights from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol to the popular summer destinations of Majorca, Menorca, Madeira and Ibiza. These flights are in addition to those currently operating to Jersey.
The company reported large surges in bookings from UK holidaymakers for July and August after the destinations were added to the green watchlist. Bookings for July increased by more than 3,000 per cent at one point, while bookings for Madeira were up by close to 1,500 per cent. Jet2 responded by adding additional flights to Madeira from Birmingham and Leeds Bradford airports for the month, allowing for thousands of extra seats.
Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “We are delighted to see our flights take off again and to be resuming our award-winning flights and holidays programme to the Balearic islands — Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza — and Madeira.
“We know how much pent-up demand there is from our customers and independent travel agents and we have already added extra flights to Madeira to cope with demand. We look forward to more destinations being added to the UK’s green list very soon and taking more customers away on their much-needed holidays.”
Jet2 have cancelled all flights and holidays to destinations currently on the amber list until July 14. The programme will be continuously under review in line with announcements and updates from the government. Customers with flights and holidays to amber list destinations will have their booking fully refunded and should expect contact from a member of the Jet2’s team to rebook their trips.
Travel industry professionals gathered outside parliament for a day of protest organised by ABTA
The travel industry held a day of demonstrations in major cities around the UK on June 23, to protest against the lack of government support for the sector.
The Travel Day of Action saw about 800 industry professionals come together in London – plus groups in Belfast and Edinburgh – to pressure the government to support an industry which has been on hold for 15 months.
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: “We’re here for the first Travel Day of Action to make the case to MPs and ministers as to how deep the crisis is and how urgently we need the government to act operationally to get travel ready again, in terms of using the traffic light system and recognise that vaccinated passengers are different – but also financially.”
Brian Young, managing director of G Adventures, said: “I’m here to get the government to understand that the travel industry can’t continue on hold in the manner it has. I need the government to start understanding the travel industry properly because I don’t think they have any idea of the impact of the stop/start or the traffic light system that’s broken.”
He added: “I can’t have a system that pulls a core destination from under our feet within three weeks of opening up. Furlough doesn’t work for travel agents. Travel agents have had massive disruption to deal with and they need staff to handle that. Furlough works for some sectors but not for travel.”
Miles Morgan, founder of Miles Morgan Travel, said: “I hope we’re going to achieve awareness of the plight that the industry is in – without a summer this will be the end for many. It’s all about cash and people’s cash is running out. In the past, you could understand the government’s rationale, but that has now gone completely. Decisions like not putting Malta on the green list – there is no logic with the government’s decision making. That’s why so many people are out here today.”
Kelly Cookes, leisure director of Advantage, added: “We need one person representing the industry. It’s very fragmented. There are different parts of the industry represented differently, but there’s no one minister that understands the whole end-to-end industry and is responsible for it.”