Tour operator Intrepid cancels all trips through September

Citing uncertainty about when the Covid-19 pandemic will
ease enough for borders to reopen, Intrepid Travel has suspended all trips
through September.

The company announced the extended closure in a letter from
CEO James Thornton,
in which he also asked customers to take a 110% future travel credit instead of
a refund to help support the company and its sustainability mission.

On each trip the company runs, he said, the company makes
just a 4% profit. The other 96% goes to staff and suppliers around the globe.

“When we sell a trip for $2,000, we make around $80,” he
wrote. “And we put an enormous chunk of that 4% profit back into community and
environmental projects around the world that help improve livelihoods and work
towards safeguarding this planet for future generations.”

Thornton said suspensions between March and May alone led to
35,000 cancellations. Opting for credits over refunds “will help us plan for
the future, it will help us employ countless numbers of people both in our
offices and destinations, and it will enable us to offer you the best service
and trips imaginable when the world opens up again.”

Still, he emphasized that Intrepid won’t deny refunds.

“We understand that some of our customers have also lost
jobs and income as a result of the pandemic and a credit simply won’t cut it,”
he said. “We are not denying those people refunds, and their wellbeing is
extremely important to us.”

Those customers who can afford to take a credit, however,
will be “making a down payment on the kind of world you want to see when the
worst of this coronavirus epidemic has passed.”

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Tour operator Jet2 cancels all flights and holidays until mid-June

Tour operator Jet2 cancels all flights and holidays until mid-June as coronavirus travel restrictions show no signs of easing

  • The UK-based travel firm has said flights and trips are cancelled until June 17 
  • It added that it is contacting all affected customers so they can discuss options 
  • Foreign Office has advised against all non-essential travel abroad indefinitely

Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until mid-June because restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic show no sign of easing.

The travel firm, which is Britain’s second-biggest holiday company and owned by Dart Group, said in a statement that its holidays and flights would not now restart until June 17, and it would contact customers to discuss their options.

It comes just days after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned Britons against all non-essential travel abroad indefinitely.

Tour operator Jet2 has cancelled all flights and holidays until June 17 due to the coronavirus crisis

A spokeswoman from Jet2 said: ‘We are keeping this decision under constant review, in line with guidance from governments and the relevant authorities.’

A spokesman for Tui, Britain’s biggest holiday company, said it would provide an update on its plans shortly.

Meanwhile, UK-based budget airline easyJet, which also has a holiday business, has grounded its flights until further notice and British Airways has told customers to keep checking its website for bookings for travel after May 31.

Holiday customers in Britain should be refunded for cancelled trips within 14 days but many have experienced delays due to the sheer number requiring reimbursement and the travel slump causing cash flow problems for many companies.

Last month, a 30-day advisory was put in place by the FCO warning Britons against all non-essential foreign travel until April 15. 

But on Saturday an update was announced by the FCO on Twitter.

It said: ‘The Foreign Office indefinitely advises against all non-essential global travel.’

On Saturday, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warned Britons against all non-essential travel abroad indefinitely

The FCO said British travellers may not be able to return to the UK if they travel abroad. Pictured is an empty arrivals hall at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on April 3

And it added: ‘The situation is changing rapidly. Travellers could face severe disruption and be unable to return to the UK.’

It also quietly updated its website to say: ‘FCO extends advice against travelling overseas for an indefinite period.’

The FCO also said it was ‘ramping up’ efforts to bring home thousands of British travellers stranded overseas due to the coronavirus crisis.

Flights have been chartered to bring home Britons from Bolivia, Ecuador, the Philippines and India. 

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Globus cancels travel until July

Globus, one of the world’s largest tour operators and the
parent of river cruise line Avalon Waterways, has cancelled all tours, cruises
and vacation packages through June 30 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

While many travel companies earlier this month suspended
operations through April, they have increasingly over the past few weeks pushed
back expected restart dates through at least the end of May.

President Trump on Sunday extended until the end of April
his call for Americans to stay home and practice social distancing. Many
countries have closed their borders indefinitely.

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cancellation, refund and commission policies.

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