Jet2 cancels flights to Spain as coronavirus outbreak worsens

Airline Jet2 has cancelled all flights to Spain with immediate effect as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

The airline, which operates from Newcastle International and eight other UK airports, has stopped all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands.

New infections have risen sharply in Spain and the government put 60,000 people in four towns on a mandatory lockdown on Friday.

"This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK," the airline said in a statement issued via social media.

Jet2 has cancelled flights to Spain

“In response to local measures introduced throughout Spain to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars, restaurants, shops and activities, including any water sports, we have taken the decision to cancel all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.

“We know these measures will have significant impact on our customers’ holidays, which is why we have taken this decision.

“We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.”

It adds: “The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank customers for their understanding.”

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A number of Jet2 flights were due to take off from Newcastle International this weekend.