North East UK news Jet2 suspends flights and holidays until June 'with a heavy heart' PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Government's Global Travel Taskforce plans to resume international travel have been criticised for their lack of clarity
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Jet2.com says it is suspending its flights and holidays up to June 23 due to uncertainty over the Government's foreign travel plans. On Friday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said people could start to think about overseas holidays again. He said the Government's Global Travel Taskforce's plans for resuming leisure travel was a “cautious move” to prevent variants of concern entering the country. And he added that the Government would give more information on when foreign holidays could be allowed before May 17, which is the earliest possible date in the roadmap for international travel to resume. However the plans were criticised by the industry for a lack of clarity and for requiring the use of £120 coronavirus tests. Now Jet2.com has announced it is extending the suspension of its flights and holidays up to June 23. Get free email updates straight to your inbox Sign up to our free newsletter to receive our top stories twice a day as well as up to the minute breaking stories, information on coronavirus and the latest Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC football stories. It takes just seconds to sign up - just click on this link, enter your email address and follow the instructions. If you change your mind you can unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Find us on the British Newspaper Archive here. Chief executive Steve Heapy said: "We have taken time to study the Global Travel Taskforce's framework, and we are extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail.
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. In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago. "Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing. Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more." He added: "Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including June 23, 2021."
On Friday morning, Mr Shapps told Sky News: "I'm not telling people that they shouldn’t book some holidays now, it’s the first time I’ve been able to say that for many months, I think everybody doing it understands there are risks with coronavirus.” "For the first time, people can start to think about visiting loved ones abroad, or perhaps a summer holiday, but we’re doing it very, very cautiously because we don’t want to see any return of coronavirus in this country." "What we’ve got today is a framework for doing that, so there’s a traffic light system you have been talking about – red, amber, green. "And in the green category, we’ll try to make it as affordable as possible to travel. What do you think of possible plans to introduce vaccine passports for holidays, pubs and events? Please take our short survey below
"But taking an abundance of caution as we go, because we don’t want to throw away all the good work of these lockdowns and people coming forward for vaccines by picking up variants of concern or anything else. "So it’s a cautious move but at least it provides that framework for people." Mr Shapps also said he was looking to "drive down the costs" of coronavirus tests required for international travel to resume.
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