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Jet2 will suspend all flights and holidays until late June due to uncertainty over the UK government's travel proposals.

Chief executive Steve Heapy announced on Friday all travel will be halted at least June 23 in the wake of the plans, which were announced overnight.

He added that he was "extremely disappointed at the lack of clarity and detail" in the government's plan.

"Because of the continued uncertainty that the framework provides, it is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 23 June 2021," he said.

"Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, we will automatically cancel their booking with a full refund, and our team of travel experts will be in touch to help them to book their summer getaway for later in the year.

"After several weeks exploring how to restart international travel, with substantial assistance and input from the industry, the framework lacks any rigorous detail about how to get international travel going again.

"In fact, the framework is virtually the same as six months ago.

"Following the publication of the framework today, we still do not know when we can start to fly, where we can fly to and the availability and cost of testing.

"Rather than answering questions, the framework leaves everyone asking more.

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"We know how much our customers want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays. We have seen buoyant confidence levels from UK holidaymakers, as well as strong demand for our ATOL protected package holidays and leisure flights.

"We are trying to run a business so that we can take customers away, but we need the Government to provide us with clarity to achieve this."

The government has confirmed the implementation of a "traffic light" travel system from May 17, in which countries will be assigned either green, amber or red status depending on local coronavirus and vaccination rates.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said Brits could start thinking about booking summer holidays abroad thanks to the scheme.

However the policy has been lambasted by the travel industry, with critics saying the traffic light system risks creating a period of inequality in which only the wealthy are able to go overseas.

Those returning from the lowest-risk countries will not have to quarantine but will have to pay for tests on their return, including expensive PCR tests that cost about £100 per person.

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