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Jane Imrie

Jet2 extends suspension of flights due to “lack of clarity” from government

Airline and holiday specialist Jet2 has criticised a “lack of clarity” around the government’s stance on international travel.

Jet2, which is set to report a loss for the current financial year due to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19, has called for more information about international travel from the government’s Global Travel Task Force.

The news comes as the company has confirmed it expects to report a loss of between £375m and £385m for the financial year ending March 31 2021.

The firm stated: “The continuing successful rollout of vaccines in the UK and the increasing momentum in Europe are both encouraging. Additionally, on 9 April, we welcomed confirmation from the UK Government’s Global Travel Task Force that international travel remained on track to reopen in mid-May.

“However, we were disappointed at the lack of clarity contained in the Task Force’s report, in particular the as yet to be populated ‘traffic light’ framework for destinations, and full details and cost of the associated testing regime.”

“This means the impact and duration of the proposed Covid-19 travel restrictions for Summer 21 remain difficult to determine.

“Due to this continued uncertainty, in fairness to all our stakeholders and especially our customers, we took the difficult decision to extend the suspension of our flights and holidays from 17 May up to and including 23 June, by which time we are expecting more clarity.”

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