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Holiday airline Jet2 cuts four sun destinations from 2021 schedule at Belfast International Airport

A Jet2 plane parked at Belfast International Airport. Picture by Arthur Allison.
Ryan McAleer

HOLIDAY airline Jet2 is to cut four sun destinations from its operation at Belfast International Airport next year, it has emerged.

The carrier is due to embark on a winter schedule from October 31 with five destinations planned between now and Christmas.

But the airline has taken steps to reduce its 2021 operation, dropping Corfu and Naples, along with Turkish destination Izmir and Larnaca in Cyprus.

It follows Jet2’s move earlier in the year to drop flights to Malta and two Spanish destinations - Almeria and Girona.

It will leave the airline with 18 destinations for the spring/summer 2021 period from Belfast International. It compares with 25 it has typically offered over the summer.

The airline brought forward its plans to resume flights from Belfast International to Tenerife by two days to October 31, after the Executive added the Canary Islands to its safe travel list.

Holiday makers returning from the islands from 4am on October 25 no longer have to quarantine for 14 days on their return.

Jet2 is set to resume winter flights to three other Canary Island destinations in November: Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

It’s also planning flights from Aldergrove to Salzburg in December and Antalya (Turkey) from November 6. But the Antalya route is due to close again on November 27

As it stands, both Austria and mainland Turkey remain off the safe list.

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Welcoming the decision on the Canary Islands, the airline’s chief executive Steve Heapy said: “For some time we have been calling for a proportionate, evidence-based approach to safe travel and this is very much a step in the right direction.

“There is much to do still, and we look forward to working with government to achieve that.”

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