Low-cost carrier Jet 2 has finally resumed international operations after several months of suspension, but flights and holidays to amber list destinations have been pushed back until at least July 18.

A total of 22 flights departed yesterday (July 1) from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester, and Newcastle, to green list destinations including the Balearic Islands (Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza) and Madeira.

The airline had already resumed domestic flights to Jersey on June 24, and from today (July 2) it will celebrate the delayed launch of its Bristol base, with services to Majorca and Menorca.

But Jet 2 also published an update on its Twitter feed yesterday afternoon, confirming the continued suspension of all flights and holidays to amber list destinations. The post read:

“In line with the UK government’s timeline, we are expecting the next review of the traffic light status of overseas destinations to be on or around July 15. As a result of that, we have taken the decision to cancel flights and holidays to all Amber List destinations up to and including July 18, 2021.”

The carrier added that “Because Turkey is currently on the Red List, we have suspended all flights and holidays to Turkey up to and including July 21, 2021”.

The airline said that it welcomed “recent news reports about vaccinated people being able to travel to Amber List destinations without having to quarantine, and we look forward to further updates about this as soon as possible”.

Commenting on the resumption of operations Steve Heapy, CEO of jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said:

“We know how much pent-up demand there is from our customers and independent travel agents to enjoy our award-winning flights and real package holidays once again, and we have already added extra flights to Madeira to cope with demand.

“It is fantastic to be back in the air and doing what we do best – delivering award winning customer service and package holidays you can trust! We look forward to more destinations being added to the UK’s Green List very soon and taking more customers away on their much-needed holidays.”