AIRLINE Jet2 could restart flights to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, next weekend giving Brits fresh hope of a sunshine break.
The tour operator says it hopes to resume package holidays from August 30 to popular tourist spots such as Majorca and Tenerife despite government advice against all but non-essential travel to the country.
Spain is on the UK quarantine list following a spike in coronavirus cases meaning Britons returning from the country are required to self-isolate for two weeks.
However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admitted yesterday that the government was considering scrapping travel warnings to the Spanish islands due to the low-levels of Covid-19 there.
And now Jet2 has told Sun Online that their Spanish flights have only been suspended until August 29 in the hope that the Foreign Office will make a change next week.
A spokesperson said: “Due to the government travel advice to all areas of Spain, we have taken the decision to suspend flights and holidays to Mainland Spain (Alicante and Malaga), the Canary Islands (Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote) and the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza) up to and including 29th August.
“For bookings due to travel to Mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands from 30th August onwards, we will provide an additional update once we receive further confirmation from the government.
“Nobody wants customers to be on holiday enjoying themselves more than we do, and we once again urge the government to implement a targeted approach to travel advice, instead of the current blanket ban approach.
“We would like to thank our customers for their continued patience and understanding.”
The travel firm also added that any customers affected by changes to their flight schedule will be given a full cash refund, or a “refund credit note” as well as the option to rebook with “no admin fee”
This comes after Grant Shapps suggested yesterday that Spanish islands could be added to safe travel lists in future as the Government explores “regional” quarantines.
The Transport Secretary told the BBC: “The islands, particularly the Spanish islands, when Spain went into lockdown, we saw in one the numbers coming up and in the other set the numbers coming down – so we do need to be absolutely sure that you’re capturing the disease as it actually is and sometimes it’s not quite as straightforward as it sounds.”
He added: “Where there are islands, I think it’s something we have said before we will look at and we are looking at. It depends on levels of data you have.
“We are looking in to how you can do regionalisation effectively.”
Meanwhile, Jet2 announced it was resuming flights to Portugal next week after the country was removed from the UK’s quarantine list.
From August 24, Jet2 will resume weekly flights from UK airports Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted and Manchester.
However, mainland Spain and France are unlikely to be holiday options for a while, according to Mr Shapps, as their Covid-19 cases continue to rise.