EasyJet is extending the use by date for its flight vouchers due to the ongoing travel disruption amid the pandemic.
Passengers who have been issued vouchers with an expiry date on or before 30 June will now have an extra six months to use them.
What it means for travellers
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The vouchers are valid for 12 months and had been given to customers who had flights cancelled last year due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, and were due to run out in three months’ time.
However, the extension means that they can now be redeemed before the end of December this year.
Travellers only need to use the voucher to book a flight before the voucher expires, but this trip can be taken at any time in the future.
Currently, EasyJet is selling flights up to 30 September 2022, so the voucher could be used to book a holiday for next year.
Passengers will be given the extension automatically and the airline is in the process of contacting customers who have been affected.
For those who have flight vouchers with an expiry date after 30 June 2021, these will not be extended but will continue to be redeemable for up to 12 months.
When might travel resume?
The UK government has said that domestic holidays in England could go ahead from 12 April at the earliest, meaning people will be able to stay away from home with other members of their household, or bubble, in self-contained accommodation.
Hotels and B&Bs are due to reopen from 17 May and people may be allowed to travel abroad from this date, but it will be dependent on four key tests being met, including the vaccine rollout going according to plan and no surge in Covid-related hospital admissions.
In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said foreign travel would "not be achievable before 17 May" and warned that "it may well not be possible for a further period after that".
However, Scotland’s "stay at home" rule will end on 2 April, with people instead being asked to "stay local".
Travel within mainland Scotland will be allowed from 26 April, when tourist accommodation can also reopen with restrictions in place.Ms Sturgeon added that she hoped travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK would resume around the same time.
Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet announced their travel plans or when foreign holidays can resume.