Jet2 said it will not refund Scottish travelers scheduled to fly to Portugal. However, this decision comes after the new travel restrictions introduced by the Scottish government.
As last week Scottish officials announced holidaymakers returning to Scotland from Portugal will have to quarantine for 14 days.
This restriction is due to an increase in coronavirus cases in the population tourist destination.
However, jet2 flights and holidays from Scotland are still operating and will continue as per the schedule.
Bound to Self-isolation
This move is devastating for the Scottish holidaymakers. As they are no longer able to travel because of the self-isolation measures.
A spokesperson for Jet2 in an interview said. “We always follow the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). And their guidance states that Portugal is exempt from their advice against all non-essential international travel.”
“As a result, we are continuing to operate our scheduled program to and from Portugal. And our usual terms and conditions apply.”
“This is a fast-moving situation, and we are continuing to monitor the situation very closely.”
The news follows a raft of cancellations from the budget holiday firm in light of fast-changing government legislation regarding travel to and from popular holiday destinations.
However, last week the airline was suspending flights and holidays to Spain and Croatia. These operations are at a halt for the summer season 2020.
A statement on their Twitter page read, “We are obviously very disappointed to be making this announcement.”
Jet2 has been “repeatedly recognized for how we have been dealing with this unprecedented situation.” And stated that they would be canceling affected bookings with a full cash refund.
The Scottish and Welsh governments are imposing restrictions for travelers returning from Portugal, English. And Northern Irish holidaymakers are not subject to the same rules.
Differing rules for all these countries of the UK are causing frustration and confusion for many holidaymakers.
Last week transport secretary Grant Shapps said. “I do realize it creates confusion for people not to have a single rule. But we do have this devolved approach throughout the United Kingdom and I can only be responsible for the English part of that.”