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When will UK flights resume? Latest update from EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, TUI and more

THE government has said that Brits may soon be able to go abroad without the need to quarantine when they return. 

But which airlines are going to be carrying passengers this summer? Here's the latest.

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 Many UK airlines are now restarting their schedules
Many UK airlines are now restarting their schedulesCredit: SWNS:South West News Service

The UK government has announced plans to introduce a "traffic-light system" that will be used to rate other countries' coronavirus risk.

People travelling to Green or Amber countries - which includes most of Europe - will soon no be longer required to quarantine for 14 days on their return to the UK.

There are also plans to set up "air bridges" to allow for two-way travel between certain destinations with low transmission rates.

The foreign office continues to advise against all but essential travel for the time being, but many Brits will now be hoping to get a summer holiday in after all.

Here's what you need to know about the flights each airline is running.

EasyJet

EasyJet restarted flights Monday June 15.

Passengers, who under easyJet's new rules must wear face masks, boarded the airline's first flight from the newly reopened North terminal at Gatwick airport last Monday.

The airline is starting with a minimal service, flying mainly routes within Britain to cities including Edinburgh and Belfast.

It is also resuming some domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.

EasyJet is currently allowing all passengers to change their flights free of charge, to any date in the future.

To allow more flexibility, it has now launched its winter 2020 flights for just £30, as well as package holidays from winter 2020 to October 2021.

 When are flights in the UK going to resume following the coronavirus crisis?
When are flights in the UK going to resume following the coronavirus crisis?Credit: PA:Press Association

British Airways

British Airways has suspended all flights from London Gatwick and London City airports, and has moved all operations into terminal 5 at London Heathrow.

It has previously said it intends to resume flights in July.

The airline has also introduced a "Book with confidence" commitment that will allow customers to change the dates or destinations of flights without facing administration fees.

They will also be able to cancel bookings altogether in exchange for vouchers for the value of the booking.

The offer applies to any bookings made between March 3 and August 31 2020 (for journeys set to be completed by 30 April 2021).

Ryanair

Ryanair restarted flights earlier than initially planned following reports that the government would be easing quarantine requirements for travellers.

The budget airline had been due to carry passengers again from on July 1, but instead resumed flights on routes across Europe from Sunday June 21.

The return of flights coincided with Spain's lifting of border restrictions to welcome back visitors.

Among the destinations now being serviced are Alicante, Lanzarote, Lisbon, and Dublin.

It now plans to have a full schedule of 1,000 flights running each day from July 1.

 Ryanair has resumed flights to destinations across Europe
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Ryanair has resumed flights to destinations across EuropeCredit: Ian Whittaker - The Sun

Jet2

Jet2 currently plans to begin flying again on July 15.

The airline had previously planned to reopen earlier but was forced to push the date back.

It has said that if you were supposed to be travelling before that date, your flight won't be running.

It has also said that it is contacting all affected customers in departure-date order.

Full details are available on the airline's website.

Tui

Tui has suspended all package holidays and cruises due to the crisis.

It recently announced that it is only flying to non-quarantine nations, which is Spain, France, Portugal and Greece at the moment.

If you have a Tui holiday booked, you will be given the option of a cash refund or the choice of an alternative holiday of the same cash amount to another destination.

The most up-to-date options for travel, re-bookings, or refunds with Tui can be found on its website.

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Wizz Air

Wizz Air grounded the majority of their flights due to coronavirus, with limited routes to Hungary, Bulgaria and Poland.

The airline has resumed flights from London Luton Airport to Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain and Israel.

Cabin crew will be required to wear masks and gloves on all flights and will distribute sanitising wipes for passengers, the airline said in a statement.

New distancing measures will also be introduced during boarding and aircraft will be disinfected overnight.

The latest information about the airline's schedule can be found on its website.

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Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic began flying again on June 20, though only to the US and Asia.

It has also introduced a flexible booking policy, outlined on its website.

Virgin Atlantic owner Richard Branson has asked for a government bailout for the airline during coronavirus.

It follows the fall of Virgin Australia into administration after being refused a bailout from the Australian government.

Some Brits may be concerned about booking holidays this year due to the uncertain period.

However, Colum McLornan, MD of singles' holiday specialist Friendship Travel, told Sun Online Travel: "I know as soon as restrictions lift, there’s going to be pent-up demand for flight seats so while our team is dealing with anxious guests right now, I’m also getting Christmas on sale in the next few days, and 2021 trips as soon as possible."

He added that booking with an Atol protected holiday company is the best option, as you have "peace of mind knowing your money is safe".

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