JET2 BLOW FOR TOURISM

Ryanair and easyJet are the only main car­ri­ers still op­er­at­ing

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - Front Page - By Irena Bodnarec

THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT by Jet2 that they are ex­tend­ing the sus­pen­sion of flights and hol­i­days to Alicante, Malaga and Faro due to the on­go­ing un­cer­tainty caused by the Covid19 pan­demic has heaped more pres­sure on the strug­gling tourism sec­tor in the area. In a state­ment is­sued on Mon­day the com­pany noted that flights will not re­sume un­til Fe­bru­ary 10, 2021.

Their an­nounce­ment has dealt many Costa Blanca busi­nesses re­liant on Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers a bit­ter blow, leav­ing just Ryanair and easyJet as the main car­ri­ers still op­er­at­ing. Hostelry sec­tor busi­ness own­ers in Benidorm lamented that they are in des­per­ate need of Bri­tish tourists to sup­port their trade and they will now have to sur­vive with­out them for a longer pe­riod.

THE AN­NOUNCE­MENT by Jet2 that they are ex­tend­ing the sus­pen­sion of flights and hol­i­days to Alicante, Malaga and Faro due to the on­go­ing un­cer­tainty caused by the Covid19 pan­demic has heaped more pres­sure on the strug­gling tourism sec­tor.

In a state­ment is­sued on Mon­day the com­pany noted that flights will not re­sume un­til Fe­bru­ary 10, 2021.

The move means that thou­sands of tourists and sec­ond home own­ers have had their plans for hol­i­days thrown into dis­ar­ray. Jet2 has stated that cus­tomers will au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive a full re­fund but many that booked flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion sep­a­rately are now left with a predica­ment of what to do next.

Their an­nounce­ment has dealt many Costa Blanca busi­nesses re­liant on Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers a bit­ter blow, leav­ing just Ryanair and easyJet as the main car­ri­ers still op­er­at­ing.

Benidorm

Jet2 are one of the chief tour oper­a­tors for a num­ber of ho­tels in Benidorm in­clud­ing Le­vante Club Ho­tel & Spa, Sol Pel­i­canos, Flash, Ho­tel Pres­i­dente, Melia and Magic Rock Gar­dens – all of whom cur­rently re­main shut.

Any thoughts of re­open­ing for Christ­mas could now be un­der­mined with the knowl­edge that Jet2 will not

be bring­ing in tourists un­til Fe­bru­ary at the ear­li­est.

Bars, cafes and restau­rant own­ers have also noted that they are in des­per­ate need of Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers.

Jet2 has been one of the big­gest oper­a­tors, fly­ing into Alicante from nine UK air­ports.

Bank hol­i­day boost

Last week did bring a re­prieve how­ever, with the extended four­day bank hol­i­day which bought a small ray of light and life back to Benidorm.

Hote­lier’s as­so­ci­a­tion HOSBEC re­ported oc­cu­pancy lev­els of 95% in Benidorm, al­though around three quar­ters of the ho­tels are closed.

Thou­sands of Spa­niards flocked to the re­sort to en­joy the mild weather and many bars and restau­rants, in par­tic­u­lar in the Old Town were full to ca­pac­ity.

Sadly, the bulk of the Rin­con de Loix, tra­di­tion­ally favoured by the Bri­tish re­mained fairly quiet, with many of the busi­nesses re­main­ing closed, in the main blam­ing the 14day quar­an­tine still re­quired for hol­i­day­mak­ers re­turn­ing to the UK. Now those op­tions have been cur­tailed even more and many will now real­is­ti­cally be look­ing to Easter 2021 as the turn­ing point for the re­sort.

Jet2 will not be back un­til 2021

Benidorm bars are in des­per­ate need of Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers

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