Travellers hoping to fly off for a sunny Spanish holiday have been put on alert after travel giant Jet2 cancelled all flights to mainland Spain.
The travel agent revealed the news on Thursday (September 3) after government guidance on quarantine rules for travellers from the country remained the same.
It means all flights from East Midlands Airport to destinations including Alicante, Malaga and Barcelona airports have been completely cancelled for the rest of the summer.
Spain was one of the first countries where the government imposed temporary quarantine rules following a flare-up in cases at the end of July.
The rules mean that anyone who arrives back in the UK from Spain must self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.
Some holidaymakers were forced to take extra time off work upon their return to the UK when the rules were imposed, while others found that their hotels in Spain were not even open due to the pandemic.
In the announcement on Thursday, a spokesperson for Jet2 said that the “ongoing uncertainty” of the crisis – plus government rules – meant the company had to take the “difficult decision”.
However, Jet2 says it has also announced hundreds of flights to other destinations to give customers more choice “when booking or rebooking their Summer 2020 holiday”.
A statement from 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 all flights and holidays to Mainland Spain (affecting Alicante, Malaga and Barcelona) 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 for how we have been looking after them, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note, or a full cash refund, and we are contacting customers to discuss these options.
“To give customers more choice when it comes to booking or rebooking their Summer 2020 holidays, we recently announced hundreds of new flights to in-land destinations, representing almost 100,000 additional seats.
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“That demand tells us that customers want to get away for their well-deserved holidays.
“We continue to urge the government to do more to help holidaymakers by implementing a targeted approach to travel advice, instead of the current blanket ban approach.
“We can assure our customers and partners across mainland Spain 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 these destinations to make sure our customers enjoy their well-deserved holidays.”
It is unclear whether Jet2 will continue to run flights between East Midlands Airport and the Canary and Balaeric Islands.