Low-cost carrier Jet 2 says its flights will remain suspended until the middle June, “In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic”.

The UK’s third largest scheduled airline says it intends to restart its flight and holiday programme on June 17, with the caveat that “We are keeping this decision under constant review, in line with guidance from Governments and the relevant authorities”.

The Leeds Bradford-based carrier said that it would contact customers “in departure date order” to discuss options, including rebooking flights or holidays to a later date.

“We know just how important holidays are to our customers, and how much they give customers something to look forward to, particularly during difficult times such as these,” said the airline.

“We recognise that these unprecedented events have had a huge impact on our customers, and we would like to thank them for their loyalty, understanding and patience.

“Although these are difficult times for everyone, the sun will come out again. When it does, our award-winning teams will be there to take customers on holiday – a well-deserved package holiday they can trust – once again.”

Jet 2 operates flights from UK bases including Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle, to European countries including France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain.

The airline recently acquired a number of UK airport slots at Birmingham, Manchester and Stansted, which had been made available by the collapse of travel company Thomas Cook.

For our guide to your options regarding cancelled Jet 2 flights, and claiming refunds, see:

Jet 2: how to cancel and get a refund on your flight