TUI and Jet2 issue holiday updates to customers after travel rule changes – Manchester Evening News

Holiday bookings are expected to soar after the government announced an overhaul of the international travel rules for England.

Travel firms TUI and Jet2 have issued statements to customers with an update on their flight schedules for the autumn period.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced eight countries are to be removed from the red list next week, including tourist hotspot Turkey, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

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It was also announced that from October 4, the traffic light system will be replaced with a single red list of destinations from where travellers arriving into the country will have to quarantine in a government-supervised hotel.

People who are fully vaccinated will no longer need a pre-departure test before returning from non-red list destinations, and from the end of October, they will be able to replace the day two PCR test with a cheaper lateral flow test – which has raised concern amid Covid variants.

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Jet2 has welcomed the latest travel announcement
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Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, says he has seen a surge in bookings amid the latest travel announcement.

Mr Heapy welcomed the changes to expensive testing, saying holidaymakers had been ‘unfairly penalised’.

He also announced some additions to their flight schedule as Turkey is set to be removed from the red list next week.

Mr Heapy said: “We have seen demand step up over the last few days, and there has been an immediate and massive surge in bookings for flights and package holidays on the back of this welcome news for holidaymakers in England. We expect the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Executive to update their advice too and we look forward to this.

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“Although it has been a long time coming, we are extremely pleased that the government has finally committed to reopening international travel properly. Holidaymakers will be frustrated that these changes come too late for the peak summer holiday period, but we know how delighted they will be that their holidays are no longer subject to a set of restrictions that are completely out of step with other areas of everyday life.

“Having to take a pre-departure test in resort, along with an expensive PCR test after returning to the UK, has unfairly penalised hardworking customers and families for far too long. A

“lthough the removal of these burdens is welcome news and a step in the right direction, more can still be done.

Jet2 will be restarting flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Thursday 23rd September
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“The Traffic Light system has been confusing and completely unfit for purpose since day one. We welcome a new approach which is easy for everyone to understand and provides certainty.”

Mr Heapy said Jet2 will be restarting holidays to Turkey in time for the winter sun.

He said: “With Turkey coming off the Red List, we will be restarting flights and holidays to Antalya and Dalaman from Thursday 23rd September.

“We are delighted to be restarting this programme and with great deals to be had, we know there will be phenomenal demand for late-summer sunshine, October half-term breaks and winter sun. The same applies to the 40-plus destinations we are operating to.

“The desire to get away for a well-earned holiday in the sunshine has never diminished, however harsh and unfair restrictions have remained a barrier for some. Now many of these restrictions have been removed, the rush in bookings for flights and package holidays to sun, ski and leisure city destinations tells us just how much holidaymakers have been longing to get away.

“Holidays mean so much to everyone, and we cannot wait to take our customers away on them.”

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TUI has already seen “an uptick in bookings for Turkey in October”
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Andrew Flintham, managing director of holiday company TUI UK, said he had already seen “an uptick in bookings for Turkey in October” and expected a boost in customer confidence with the new rules.

The airline issued a statement to customers on its website saying their teams are ‘working through’ the new information following the government’s announcement.

They will update the ‘Covid hub’ on testing packages and entry requirements in the coming days.

Details on cancellations and where they’re currently operating to can be found below.

TUI flights:

Balearics (Ibiza, Majorca, Menorca)

Canaries (Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma and Tenerife)

Croatia (Dubrovnik, Pula and Split)

Cyprus (Larnaca and Paphos)

Greece (Corfu, Crete, Halkidiki, Kefalonia, Kos, Parga, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos, Thassos and Zakynthos)

Italy (Naples)

Madeira and Porto Santo

Mainland Spain (Alicante, Malaga and Reus)

Morocco (Agadir and Marrakech)

Portugal (Algarve)

St Lucia

Non-TUI flights:

Antigua

Barbados

Gibraltar

Greece (Athens, Peloponnese and Mykonos)

Grenada

Iceland

Italy (Naples, Puglia, Sardinia, Sicily, Tuscany, Venice)

Jersey

Mainland Spain (Almeria and Barcelona)

Malta

Portugal (Lisbon)

Switzerland

UAE (Dubai)

Due to ongoing uncertainty around travel the following destinations are cancelled:

Up to and including September 30:

TUI flights:

Turkey

Non-TUI flights:

Mauritius

Up to and including October 9:

TUI flights:

Aruba, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Florida, Jamaica, Mexico and Tunisia

Non-TUI flights:

Canada, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Maldives, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, UAE (Abu Dhabi) and USA

Up to and including October 31:

TUI flights:

Austria, Italy and Slovenia (TUI Lakes and Mountains)

Bulgaria (Varna and Bourgas)

Italy (Calabria, Sardinia and Sicily)

Mainland Spain (Almeria and Girona)

Malta

Montenegro

Thailand

Non-TUI flights:

Austria

Italy

Turkey

For more information on TUI flight schedules, head to their travel information page here.

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