The UK’s largest tour operators have further suspended their holiday programmes owing to new national Covid lockdown measures imposed on England.
Tui has confirmed all holidays due to depart on Tuesday (5 January) would not operate, adding it would update customers due to travel from Wednesday (6 January) onwards through to mid-February "in the coming days" on the status of their breaks.
Jet2holidays has amended restart dates for its Canary Islands, Turkey and Madeira programmes, while easyJet Holidays said it was "reviewing all holiday bookings".
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures for England in a televised address on Monday evening (4 January) which sees England return to a state of national lockdown, similar to those already enforced in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
In a statement, Tui said: "As a result of the latest national lockdown announced by the UK government, all Tui holidays due to depart on Tuesday 5 January will not operate.
"Impacted customers will automatically receive a refund and should not travel to the airport.
"We’ll update customers due to travel from Wednesday 6 January until mid-February in the coming days.
"If holidays are cancelled, customers will receive a full refund or incentive to amend to any holiday that’s currently on sale.
"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."
Jet2holidays has announced revised restart dates for its Canary Islands, Turkey and Madeira programmes operating from its bases in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
All flights to the Canary Islands from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be paused until 12 February.
Turkey flights will restart from England on 12 February, Scotland on 13 February, and Northern Ireland on 5 March.
Madeira flights will restart from England on 12 February and Scotland on 15 February. Jet2 does not offer Madeira from Northern Ireland at the moment.
An easyJet Holidays spokesperson said: "Following the prime minister’s announcement, and the implications for international travel from the UK, we are reviewing all holiday bookings.
"We will be contacting customers whose holidays can no longer go ahead with the option of cancelling for easyJet Holidays credit which can be used to rebook an alternative holiday, or customers can choose a full refund back to their original payment method.
"We will also be in touch with customers with later departure dates to remind them of our easyJet Holidays protection promise which offers ultimate flexibility and reassurance."
An easyJet spokesperson said the airline would review its flying programme with a view to maintaining essential connectivity between key cities in the UK, alongside a small number of international routes.
"We are contacting customers whose flights are cancelled with their options and all customers unable to travel as a result of the lockdown restrictions, whether their flights are cancelled or scheduled to operate, can transfer their flights to a later date for free, receive a voucher or a refund."
The airlines also renewed its call for fresh government support.
"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.
"It is clear testing will continue to be important to keeping people moving when travel is possible and we continue to push for work to be done on the efficacy of rapid testing technologies like antigen and LAMP testing making it easier, less expensive and less onerous for customers.
"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."