Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair & British Airways updates as #May17 approaches ...

Boris Johnson says some foreign travel will ‘open up’ on May 17th

From May 17 Britons will be able to jet off abroad to some destinations under the Governments "traffic light" system. Ahead of this, some airlines are preparing to ramp up their itineraries and welcome back passengers.

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However, others are hesitant to resume flights just yet due to "uncertainty" over which nations will be categorised as "green", "amber" and "red".

With May 17 a matter of weeks away, here are the latest updates from Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair and British Airways (BA).


Jet has made the decision to continue its temporary suspension of flights.

According to the airline, flights and holidays are now cancelled up to June 24, 2021.

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This is due to ongoing "uncertainty" with Jet2's CEO Steve Heapy slamming the Government's Travel Taskforce document released previously.

When it was released on April 9, he 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."

In a statement on the airline website, Jet said: "We’re getting ready to take you on holiday again from June 24 2021. We’re now waiting for the UK Government and its Global Travel Taskforce to confirm which destinations fall into the green, amber or red categories of the new traffic light system – and the travel requirements for each country to be finalised.

"If you have an existing booking, we’ll be in touch with you when we know more. You can also visit our website 14 days before you’re due to depart when we’ll have all the latest official information.

"Between now and then, there’s no need to take any action – and we’d recommend that you don’t start arranging things like COVID-19 tests until all the travel requirements have been published by the governments here and abroad."

READ MORE: Will Germany be on the green list?

Flight updates ahead of May 17Flights: The latest updates from Jet2, TUI, easyJet, Ryanair and BA (Image: Getty Images)


TUI is set to resume some flights and holidays from May 17, though assures passengers it will not take them to countries where quarantine on either side of the journey will be required.

However, in its latest update on April 30, the airline explains it will only be departing from four airlines between May 17 and May 27.

"TUI Airways will also only be flying from four airports – Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol – between 17 and 27 May," explains the airline.

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"All customers impacted by the latest cancellations will be contacted directly and will be able to request a full cash refund or to change to a later date and receive a booking incentive.

"Following the most recent announcement from the UK Government, customers travelling from England will still be subject to a new traffic light system with Green, Amber and Red destinations.

"We are yet to receive the full detail for each category, including what entry and testing requirements may be needed for your destination and what colour your destination may be.

"We can confirm that we will not be travelling to any red destinations.

"We know that our customers are looking forward to their holidays, so to offer continued flexibility and reassurance, we have extended our free changes policy to include bookings up to the end of August. If you would like to change your booking to a later date, you can do this up to 14 days before you are due to travel through Manage My Booking (from Saturday 1st May), in a TUI store, or by calling us on 0203 4512688.

"And if your destination changes to Amber within 14 days of travel, you will be able to amend up until the day before your departure."

The airline has also cancelled some select holidays due to restrictions.

Holidays to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Tunisia, Egypt and Cape Verde due to depart before June 7 are now axed.

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