Coronavirus: Jet 2 suspends all flights to Spain

Andrew Cummings
March 17, 2020

It is the second most affected country in Europe after Italy - which has recorded more than 15,000 cases.

It has declared a state of emergency, with Madrid on lockdown and resorts in Ibiza and Majorca closing bars.

In New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said almost everyone entering the country from midnight on Sunday must self-isolate to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Jet2 planes from the United Kingdom to Spain turned back in mid-air as the airline announced it was cancelling all flights to the country amid the coronavirus outbreak on Saturday.

An airline spokeswoman confirmed on Saturday morning that the flights had turned around.

The airline, which is is based at nine United Kingdom airports, has halted all flights with immediate effect to mainland Spain, as well as the Balearic and Canary Islands, including Majorca, Ibiza, Minorca, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and also to Malta.

Tourism has been seriously affected by the spread of the coronavirus.

It is offering advice to holiday-makers who are in these countries and to those who are due to travel.

"We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers' holidays which is why we have taken this decision", it said in a statement.

"This can be a fast-moving and sophisticated scenario and we're reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, in order that we are able to fly prospects again to the UK".

"We will continue to comply fully with all World Health Organisation and European Aviation Safety Agency guidelines and we will follow all travel restrictions that are imposed".

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