Jet2 scraps Balearics programme for rest of summer

Jet2 and Jet2 Holidays will not return to the Balearic Islands this summer, the operator has confirmed.

In an announcement on twitter, the firm said it has taken the ‘difficult decision’ to cancel the rest of the summer programme to Ibiza, Menorca and Majorca.

But it remains hopeful of a resumption of services to other destinations currently on the government’s do-not-travel list.

Rather than a total cancellation, it has suspended its Canary Islands and mainland Spain programme until September 13 with Jet2 Holidays targeting a return to Croatia on September 14.

“We are obviously very disappointed to be making this announcement [about the Balearics],” Jet2 said.

“We can assure independent travel agents, customers and our partners in the Balearic Islands that we remain completely committed to these fantastic destinations.”

Holidays to the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and mainland Spain were thrown into turmoil last month when the government imposed a 14-day quarantine period for returning travellers and advised against all but essential travel.

The cancellation of the programme came as Jet2 said it was adding 100,000 seats to Greece, Turkey and Portugal.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has added 100,000 seats to Greece, Turkey and Portugal after insisting Brits are still clamouring a summer 2020 holiday.

The operator said the capacity, across 500 flights, followed consumer demand.

Jet2, which resumed flights to Portugal on 24 August after the lifting of travel restrictions, has added 100 flights to Faro from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Newcastle and Manchester.

The company is also adding flights to Madeira from London Stansted,

In Turkey, 50 flights have been added with extra services to Antalya from Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted and to Dalaman from East Midlands, Manchester and Newcastle.

Additional capacity has also been added to a number of Greece routes.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays CEO Steve Heapy said: “The demand we are seeing for holidays in Portugal, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus tells us that Summer 20 is very much alive in our customers’ minds.

“It is clear that Britons want to get away from the gloom to enjoy their much-needed holidays, and we are responding to that by adding hundreds of flights so that they have even more choice when it comes to booking that welcome escape.”

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