Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has pushed plans to restart its flight and holiday programmes back to late-June, with boss Steve Heapy citing "the lack of clarity and detail" in the government’s plans – revealed on Friday (9 April) – to restart international travel this summer.
Heapy, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays chief executive, said the airline and operator was "extremely disappointed" by the findings of the Global Travel Taskforce, remarking its framework for the resumption of travel "lacked any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again".
He said the framework was "virtually the same" as the rules that governed travel six months ago, and that rather than answering questions, it left people asking more. "We still don’t know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to, and the availability and cost of testing".
Heapy said it was with a heavy heart "the continued uncertainty" had forced Jet2.com and Jet2holidays to extend the suspension of its flight and holiday programmes to cover all departures up to and on 23 June. Affected bookings will be cancelled automatically and a full refund issued.
"It has been more than a year since international travel was first suspended because of the pandemic," Heapy added. "Much has been achieved in that time, making it even more frustrating that we are still to receive a clear framework on how to restart international travel.
"We know it can be done in a safe and secure way and we will continue to support the government to achieve this."