Amid the news of a new lockdown across the whole of the UK airline companies British Airways, Tui, Virgin Atlantic and EasyJet have announced that they are cutting holidays and flights.
TUI cancels all holidays until mid February: Major holiday companies and airlines said they are reviewing their schedules in the wake of the announcement on Monday of tougher new restrictions by the Government. British Airways confirmed it’s review by saying “As always, if a customer’s flight is cancelled we offer a range of options including a full refund.” A spokesman went on to say “Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open — transporting vital goods and ensuring people who are permitted to travel can continue to do so safely.”
Tui announced that all their holidays would be cancelled until the middle of February, with the company saying “Customers due to travel from an English airport before mid-February will be contacted in departure date order to discuss their options, which will include amending to another holiday with an incentive, receiving an ATOL-protected refund credit note with incentive, or cancelling and receiving a full refund.
All holidays from Scotland and Wales have been cancelled until 31 January. We will constantly review holiday cancellations in line with updated travel advice. Customers currently overseas can continue to enjoy their holidays as planned and we will update them directly if there are any changes to their holidays.”
EasyJet are saying that they promise to maintain “essential connectivity between key cities in the UK alongside a small number of international routes.” They went on to say that travellers will be offered a free date-change, refund or voucher. Virgin Atlantic said it is reviewing its flying programme and teams will contact any customers who may be affected.
It advised customers who booked through a third parties or travel agents to contact Virgin directly. The already hard hit airline sector are now beginning another lockdown after travel was all but halted last March when the pandemic started. An EasyJet spokesman said “Given the ongoing impact of the pandemic on travel, we continue to call for sector specific support such as has been provided to hospitality, where decisions have directly affected the ability to trade.
The same principle should be applied to aviation.” Calling for rapid testing to be introduced at UK airports the company went on to say “Alongside the welcome roll-out of the vaccine, this will play a vital role in enabling normal life to resume; including travelling again for work, to visit friends and family, or for a much-needed holiday.”
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