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Those in England and Wales currently cannot travel abroad unless it’s for an essential purpose such as work. England’s lockdown is expected to end on December 2 but it’s not clear what the travel situation will be after then. There have been reports that a tiered system will be put back in place which could impact travel within the UK and abroad.
Currently, there are also travel corridors in place for some countries.
Destinations without a travel corridor mean that Britons returning to the UK will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Most countries also have entry requirements in place such as coronavirus tests or health forms.
It’s best to check these for the destination you are planning to travel to before booking a flight or holiday.
For those looking to book a post-lockdown break, or perhaps a break in 2021, here are the latest flights updates for TUI, easyJet, Ryanair and Jet2.
Currently, TUI is only flying to the Canary Islands from Scotland.
Britons do not need to quarantine on their return to the UK from the Canary Islands.
However, TUI have said on their website that they expect to be able to take travellers to several other destinations soon.
Currently, travel abroad is off the cards in England and Wales unless it’s for an essential purpose.
TUI’s website reads: “Due to the lockdown restrictions in place, we’re not operating any holidays from England, Wales or Northern Ireland from 00:01 on November 5 up to and including December 1.
“If your holiday is affected, we’ll be in touch.”
Here are the destinations TUI is hoping to open up to its customers soon:
Spain (Mainland and Balearic Islands)
United Arab Emirates
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Ryanair has announced additional flights which will begin on December 17.
The airline has announced 24 additional flights from Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK.
The budget airline has also launched a seat sale with fares available from just £19.99 for travel between December 17 and January 9.
The new flights and cheap fares mean that Britons could potentially be able to visit friends and family over the Christmas period cheaply – if there are no travel restrictions in place.
The new flights from the UK include:
London Stansted to Athens – two more flights
London Stansted to Bucharest – five more flights
London Stansted to Budapest – one more flight
London Stansted to Malaga – one more flight
London Stansted to Seville – one more flight
Manchester to Fuerteventura – one more flight
Manchester to Lanzarote – three more flights
Britons should check UK government guidelines before they travel and the entry requirement of the country they are travelling to.
easyJet is expecting to fly at a maximum of 20 percent capacity in the first quarter of 2021.
The budget airline is committed to “cash generative flying over the winter” and hopes to “ramp up” capacity once demand increases.
The airline revealed earlier this week that it made its first annual loss in its 25-year history of £1.27billion.
Like many airlines, easyJet saw its passenger numbers plummet due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
easyJet announced it would be putting more flights on sale to the Canary Islands last month after the destination was added to the travel corridor list.
Over 180,000 additional seats to the Canary Islands are available up to the end of March 2021, with fares from just £22.99.
The routes will be from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast to the islands.
Holiday and airline firm Jet2 announced today that it had made a loss for the six months up to September.
Jet2 and Jet2holdiays said it will be remaining “cautious” when approaching summer 2021 despite recent positive developments on a coronavirus vaccine.
The firm reported operating losses of £111.2million for the six months to September 30, against earnings of £361.5million the previous year.
In what would normally be its busiest period, the airline flew just 990,000 passengers in the first half-year.
This is down from 10.07million a year earlier as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take its toll on aviation.
Jet2 warned over further losses in the traditionally quieter half of the financial year and cautioned that it expects to slash its winter 2020-21 services by half year-on-year.
Jet2 chairman Philip Meeson said: “Whilst the recent positive news about a potential vaccine was welcome, we continue our cautious approach to summer 2021.”
But he added that current seat capacity is close to summer 2019 levels at this stage.
Jet2 also announced that more flights and holidays to Greece will be available in summer 2021.
The airline said that new routes will be available from Newcastle and East Midlands Airports.
Flights to Kefalonia, Santorini and Skiathos will be available from Newcastle Airport in summer 2021.
East Midlands Airport will have flights to Skiathos next summer.
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