JET2 flights are expected to be cheaper than ever this winter, as Brits need to be encouraged to travel abroad, according to the airline boss.
Holidays to Europe have been left in tatters after a number of short-notice quarantine restrictions were enforced by the UK government, hitting travellers in France, Spain and Malta.
Jet2 claims flights will be super cheap this winter to encourage Brits to go abroadCredit: Bav Media
Portugal is feared to be the next on the quarantine list today, with concerns for Greece as well.
Both countries have seen rising cases, with Greece already on the quarantine list for Scotland after two flights from Zante were forced into isolation in Wales.
Jet2 airline owner Dart Group has said prices will need to remain “enticing” for holidaymakers to book later this year.
The Dart Group said winter 20/21 bookings have yet to match capacity cuts, although it said bookings to date for summer 2021 were “encouraging”.
- Seven nights and return flights to Greece and Italy with Jet2 including 22kg luggage and transfers – from £217pp
Last-minute quarantine restrictions have left Brits fearing for trips overseasCredit: Alamy
Philip Meeson, executive chairman of Dart Group, said: “Winter 20/21 forward bookings have yet to match our revised on-sale seat capacity, with customer bookings displaying a shorter lead time than in previous years.
“Therefore, pricing for both our leisure travel products – end-to-end package holidays with Jet2holidays and flight-only seats with Jet2.com – will need to remain consistently enticing.
“For Summer 2021, we plan to fly to all our popular leisure destinations with an appropriate, tailored level of service, which we anticipate will be close to Summer 2019 seat capacity levels.
“Bookings to date are encouraging, with average load factors ahead of the same point last year and package holiday customer numbers as a proportion of total departing customers showing a material increase.”
The airline has been restarting flights in recent weeks – Cyprus holidays resumed from August 17 while Portugal restarted on August 24.
However, with popular destinations such as France, Spain, Malta and Croatia on the quarantine list, Brits face a holiday in the UK instead this year.
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However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps warned travellers that any air bridge could be axed at short notice.
He said: “As with all air bridge countries, please be aware that things can change quickly.
“Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly 14-day quarantine if required.”
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