By Andrew Atkinson

Jet2 who fly to and from Alicante-Elche airport have ceased all flights and holidays from Birmingham Airport – until March 25.

The news has blighted holidaymakers’ hopes of flying to Spain from Birmingham amid the current UK lockdown measures, and after Jet2 revealed they had paid out over £1 billion in Covid-19 related refunds since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

Jet2 initially extended the suspension of winter sun flights to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Turkey, until February 12 – but announced they are to extend the ban across the whole of its operation.

A spokesperson for Jet2 and Jetholidays said: “Due to the ongoing uncertainty and travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including March 25.”

Birmingham Airport remains open with the UK Foreign Office advising against all-but-essential business travel whilst restrictions remain in place.

In March 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic all Jet2 flights travelling towards Spain were cancelled amid coronavirus fears, from Birmingham to Malaga, Leeds to Alicante, Glasgow to Alicante, East Midlands to Alicante and Manchester to Alicante.