Low-cost carrier Jet 2 has suspended all flights to Spain, as the number of coronavirus cases in the country soars to over 5,700.

The Spanish government is set to approve a state of emergency, with Spain now the worst affected country in Europe outside of Italy. Over 1,500 cases were recorded between 1800 yesterday and 1200 today alone.

The BBC reports that Jet 2 flights were turned around mid-air following the decision to suspend flights.

In a statement Jet 2 said:

“In response to local measures introduced throughout Spain to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars, restaurants, shops and activities including any water sports, we have taken the decision to cancel all flights to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.

“We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers’ holidays which is why we have taken this decision.

“We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.

“This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK.

“The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their understanding.”

Airlines worldwide have been forced to suspend routes and cut capacity due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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