On 19 March last year 14 days’ self-isolation was introduced for inbound travellers to the Bailiwick in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Since then almost all arrivals have had to quarantine for a set period, unless they have an exemption.
The Civil Contingencies Authority has been cautious about detailing when the restrictions could end, but today it is expecting to finally unveil the Bailiwick blueprint – a document looking at how travel could resume.
Local airline Aurigny yesterday confirmed it was releasing tickets up to October 2022 for its two most popular routes – Southampton and Gatwick.
There have been only a handful of Gatwick flights since the pandemic began as the airline focused on providing a lifeline service to Southampton. But the Gatwick route is set to restart on 3 May, with four return flights a day. Travellers seem to be cautious about booking these early flights, with every day throughout May still having the cheapest tickets available.
Aurigny commercial director Malcolm Coupar said the airline understood that many customers were keen to travel and were looking to 2022 to do so.
‘To assist our customers, we have now released our Gatwick and Southampton schedule right through to the end of October half-term 2022, so that customers can now book the local leg of their journeys or plan future UK trips,’ he said.
In addition to releasing flights early, Aurigny has also extended its Aurigny Assurance promise until the end of April, meaning that customers can book or change flights to later in 2021 for whatever reason up to 48 hours in advance.
If customers choose to move their flight, then no change fees will apply and they would have to pay something only if the fares were higher on the new flights.