Jet2 has cancelled all its flights to Spain in another blow for Scots holidaymakers following the Government’s U-turn on quarantine restrictions.
The major airline announced all journeys to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia have been scrapped with effect from tomorrow up until August 16.
They will also stop running flights from Scots airports – including Glasgow – to Portugal’s popular Algarve region.
Customers affected will be entitled to a full cash refund, or an option to rebook without an admin fee.
Scots scheduled to arrive home from Mainland Spain up until August 3 will return as booked.
However those set to come back between 4th and 16th will be contacted by the provider over their options, with further updates expected in due course for travel after the 17th.
A Jet2 statement read: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to Mainland Spain from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend our flights and holidays programme to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from 28th July up to and including 16th August.”
It comes after a lot of summer holiday bookings were thrown up in the air when Nicola Sturgeon reimposed a 14-day self-isolation policy on passengers arriving from the popular destination.
The return of Spain to the list of quarantined countries was branded a “shambles” by opposition MSPs – who said the First Minister caused confusion by letting Scots go to Spain without quarantine restrictions last Monday then changing the rules again on Saturday night.
Many headed off to the sun or booked holidays confident that they would be able to enjoy a break in Spain without the hassle of missing two weeks’ work on their return.
The First Minister had tweeted: “Having reviewed the latest data earlier today, @scotgov is also reimposing 14 day quarantine for travellers returning from Spain.
“This reinforces the point that these matters are subject to change at short notice & so my advice is to be cautious about non essential foreign travel.”
We previously reported how Jet2 removed its quarantine-free holiday pledge from its website while continuing to take jetsetters hoping for some Spanish sun.
But despite cancelling travel to Spain, the firm will continue running to and from the Balearic and the Canary Islands with their “usual terms and conditions” applying.
They added: “We are continuing to operate flights and holidays to our destinations in the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands as scheduled.
“Because the FCO travel advice to these destinations remains unchanged, our usual terms and conditions apply.
“We will contact customers who are currently in mainland Spain to advise them of their options regarding flying back to the UK, so we urge customers not to contact us.”
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