Operator strengthens Madeira connection from Stansted
TravelWeekly reports that Jet2holidays has cancelled all holidays to the Balearic Islands until November 30 and has extended the suspension of its programme to mainland Spain and the Canaries until September 12.
The operator had previously suspended its Spanish programmes until the end of this month but has now taken the decision not to offer the Balearics at all for the remainder of the summer season.
In a widely reported statement yesterday the company said:
“Because of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the current UK government advice, we have taken the difficult decision to suspend flights and holidays to the Balearic Islands for the rest of Summer 2020.
“We are obviously very disappointed to be making this announcement, as we know how much our customers look forward to their well-deserved holidays in these fantastic destinations.
“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised by independent travel agents for how we have handled this, and we will be automatically cancelling affected trade bookings with a full refund.
“We can assure independent travel agents, customers and our partners in the Balearic Islands that we remain completely committed to these fantastic destinations.
“Bookings for next summer are looking strong, and we cannot wait to be back doing what we do best – working with hoteliers and our partners in Ibiza, Majorca and Menorca to make sure customers enjoy their well-deserved holidays.”
In addition to the updates to the Spanish programmes, Jet2holidays has also extended its suspension to Croatia until September 13. However, it has added more than 100,000 seats to Greece, Turkey and Portugal in response to demand.
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Additional services by base are: Antalya, Faro, Crete (Heraklion), Zante and Kos, from Birmingham; Antalya, Corfu, Dalaman, Crete (Heraklion) and Zante from East Midlands; Faro from Edinburgh and Glasgow; Antalya, Corfu, Crete (Heraklion) and Faro from Leeds Bradford; Antalya, Dalaman, Corfu, Crete (Heraklion), Kefalonia, Rhodes, Zante and Faro from Manchester; Dalaman, Corfu and Faro from Newcastle; and Antalya, Kefalonia, Crete (Heraklion), Kos, Zante, Faro and Madeira from Stansted.
The operator said: “The demand for holidays to these destinations tells us that Summer 2020 is very much alive in our customers’ minds, and our decision to increase capacity comes in direct response to that demand.”