Holiday bug biting? Can’t wait to get away? Find out more!
For many of us, the thought of jetting off into the sun is one of the things that we look forward to every year. Whether it’s bolting away to your second home abroad, your favourite resort or somewhere new the urge to get away is, at this time, difficult to ignore.
But with the UK currently still under Covid-19 lockdown, and with the Foreign Office advising to forget about booking a holiday “indefinitely”, it’s interesting to see when the major tour operators are currently advising when they believe travel will open up.
All of the dates below are correct as of today (14th April 2020), but please be aware that dates can and probably will change as the ongoing situation changes on a daily basis. We would advise for you to take a look at each operators website to find out more.
TUI – the largest travel company in Europe, are currently saying they are going to open up travel again on the 17th June. They have advised:
“We are constantly monitoring the situation and will start taking people on holiday again as soon as we are able to do so.”TUI Spokesperson
In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to recommence our flights and holidays programme on June 17th. We are keeping this decision under constant review, in line with guidance from Governments and the relevant authorities.Jet2
Virgin Airlines have currently not given any fixed dates as to when they will be opening up travel again. They are currently allowing you to book holidays and flights, but if you can’t travel you will be able to rebook for a later time.
Easyjet have grounded all flights until further notice. Again, you can book online with changes being accepted in line with advice from the government.
Finally Ryanair have grounded 90% of all of their flights and are operating on a limited schedule. The Chief executive Michael O’Leary confirmed a normal schedule of commercial flights won’t return until June 17.
With everything travel related, we would advise for you to review the foreign office guidance, and if you are booking a holiday or flights to check out the operators conditions on cancellations. Some are offering vouchers against future travel, whilst some are offering refunds.