A spokesperson 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 25th March 2021.”

The Leeds-based holiday and airline company Jet2 has now taken the precaution of delaying any restart until the Thursday before the Easter weekend.  As things stand that date is doubtful.  

Jet2 is now Britain’s third largest air carrier with a fleet of 82 Boeing 737s (no MAX) and eight Boeing 757s.  All are parked.

The airline was founded in 1983 as Channel Express, and rebranded as Jet2 in 2002, the original title Dart Group Plc becoming Jet2 Plc in 2020, listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Founder Philip Meeson is still executive chairman.

Jet2 Holidays has published its programme for summer 2021, winter 2021/2022 and summer 2022, all of which are on sale.  It has also posted the following statement:  “Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, our approach to providing smooth and speedy refunds has been widely praised by independent travel agents, and we will be automatically cancelling affected bookings with a relevant refund.