Jet2.com cancellations: Edinburgh and Glasgow flights to Spain cancelled

The travel company blamed quarantine restrictions imposed by the Scottish government.

Flights from Scotland to some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations have been cancelled by Jet2.com.

Trips to mainland Spain, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, from Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow Airport will not go ahead until July 25, the airline said.

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But passengers from English airports will be able to visit Iberian destinations sooner.

Trips to mainland Spain, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airport will not go ahead until July 25, Jet2 said.

Jet2.com blamed the decision of the Scottish government to remove Spain from a list of “air bridge” countries that Scots could travel to without having to self-isolate on their return.

UK ministers drew up a list of 59 destinations for the “air bridge” list, but Spain and Serbia were removed from the Scottish government’s version amid concerns over both countries’ Covid-19 outbreaks.

Announcing the decision on Wednesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was a "very difficult decision" to remove Spain from the list, but insisted her priority was to "protect Scotland as far as possible from a resurgence of this virus in the weeks ahead".

A spokesperson for Jet2.com said: “Our customers have been eagerly awaiting clarity about where they can travel to from Scotland for some time, and based on the demand we are experiencing it is clear that they are ready for their much-needed and well-deserved holidays.

UK ministers drew up a list of 59 destinations for the “air bridge” list, but Spain and Serbia were removed from the Scottish government’s version amid concerns over both counties’ Covid-19 outbreaks. (Photo by Fraser Bremner - Pool/Getty Images)
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“Because of the travel restrictions that are still in place to Spain as a result of this week’s announcement by the Scottish government, we have taken the decision to recommence our flights and holidays programmes from Edinburgh and Glasgow Airports to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands on 25th July 2020.

“Where customers are affected by changes as a result of this, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has been repeatedly recognised by media, industry commentators and customers for how we have been looking after customers throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We can assure customers that they will continue to receive this same level of VIP service, and will be offered a Refund Credit Note, a full cash refund, or the option to rebook with no admin fee if their flight or holiday is cancelled.

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“We plan to resume our flights and holidays to other popular hotspots from Scotland on 15th July, and we will be announcing more details soon.

“As well as taking customers away for their well-deserved holidays and delivering an award-winning service, we are using our industry-leading customer service to look after customers through every step of their holiday and ensure that everyone’s comfort, safety and well-being is the number one priority.

“Everything from onboard cleaning to in-resort care is in line with official Covid-19 guidelines, and we will only travel to the safest destinations, where our teams and hotel partners are ensuring everything is in place for a healthy and happy holiday.”

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