UK flights have been grounded due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, but when will flights resume? Will they resume by July? Latest update- EasyJet,Jet2, Ryanair and more..
British Airways has suspended all flights from London Gatwick and London City airports and has moved all operations into Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.
The airline has not yet confirmed when it will be resuming a normal schedule of flights, and instead are allowing passengers who book up until the end of May to change their flight date or destination free of charge.
Ryanair has grounded 99 percent of its fleet due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The remaining flights are operating on an emergency schedule only for passengers trying to return to the UK.
The majority of flights from the UK are to Dublin or Cork, with European destinations Eindhoven, Lisbon, Budapest and Cork.
Flights from Dublin are predominately to UK airports, although are also flying to Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Cologne and Lisbon.
The current flight schedule is in place until May 14, although this is likely to be extended.
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary confirmed a normal schedule of commercial flights won’t return until at least mid-June.
Until then, the airline is waiving the change fee for any flights booked up to the end of May, which can be changed to a date up until the end of August.
EasyJet has grounded all of its flights indefinitely.
The airline has not yet confirmed when it will be operating again, but staff has been given a two-month leave of absence, suggesting a temporary date in June.
However, this is likely to be extended depending on the current lockdown situation.
The airline is currently allowing all passengers to change their flights free of charge, to any date in the future.
Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holiday packages until June 17.
In a statement, the airline confirmed that it would “recommence flights and holidays” from the middle of June.
However, this could change depending on the lockdown situation, having extended its initial cancellation period from May 1.
TUI has suspended all package holidays and cruises due to the crisis.
It has since announced that all trips have been cancelled until June 11, while Marella Cruise holidays won’t resume until July.
The dates could be extended again depending on the government advice, with a statement from the tour operator saying it would “continue to amend and adapt timings in line with the latest global travel advice”.
If you have a TUI holiday booked, you will be given the option of a cash refund or the choice of an alternative holiday of the same cash amount to another destination.
Wizz Air grounded the majority of their flights due to coronavirus, with limited routes to Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland.
The airline has since announced plans to resume flights from London Luton Airport this Friday to Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain and Israel.
Cabin crew will be required to wear masks and gloves on all flights and will distribute sanitising wipes for passengers, the airline said in a statement, while new distancing measures will also be introduced during boarding and aircraft will be disinfected overnight.
Virgin Atlantic has suspended all flights.
When flights will resume has not been confirmed, with Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson currently asking for a government bailout for the airline.