Jet2 to resume flights to Portugal after quarantines measures are lifted

20 August 2020, 22:57

Jet2 plans to resume flights back to Portugal now the quarantine measures have been lifted
Jet2 plans to resume flights back to Portugal now the quarantine measures have been lifted. Picture: PA

By Kate Buck

Jet2 has announced plans to resume flights and holidays to the Algarve next week, after the UK removed Portugal from its quarantine list.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays announced they will start offering breaks to the popular destination of Faro from August 24.

Multiple weekly flights to the southern Portuguese city will be reintroduced from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle airports.

It follows Transport Secretary Grant Shapps revealing that passengers arriving in the UK from Portugal will no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days, with the change coming into effect from 4am on Saturday.

Portugal has also been exempted from the FCO's global advisory against non-essential travel.

The prospect of quarantine-free holidays for Britons will come as a boost to Portugal's tourism sector, with the country previously expressing its disappointment over being left off the safe travel list for much of the summer.

Holidays on the Algarve could be back on the cards for Brits
Holidays on the Algarve could be back on the cards for Brits. Picture: PA

Jet2 is already operating flights to the Portuguese island of Madeira from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and London Stansted airports.

It said onboard cleaning and "in-resort care" following Covid-19 guidelines, were among measures in place to help ensure flights and holidays were safe.

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Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "We welcome this change in government advice which means that customers can once again look forward to enjoying their well-deserved holidays in the stunning Algarve region.

"With flights and holidays operating to Faro, in addition to Madeira, we are thrilled to be offering customers two fantastic options in Portugal when they're looking to book their well-deserved holiday away from the gloom."

Claudia Miguel, UK director at Turismo de Portugal, said: "We have consistently maintained our unwavering confidence in the safety of Portugal, and we are delighted to have arrived at a decision which we feel far better reflects the reality of the situation in Portugal."

A spokesperson for travel trade organisation Abta said: "Portugal is a popular destination among British holidaymakers and a place where the weather usually remains pleasant late into winter time.

"The news that holidaymakers can still enjoy a much deserved break in this country will be welcomed by travellers and the travel industry alike."

But Which? Travel editor Rory Boland commented: "The addition of Portugal is likely to come too late to help many struggling holiday companies who are at the point of collapse, as summer trips have already been cancelled.

"Which? has been asking the Government what support it will provide to the travel industry for several months.

"That support is now urgently needed."