Jet2 flights to Spain cancelled as planes turn around mid-air over coronavirus

Jet2 flights from England to Spain are reportedly being turned around “mid-air” and returned to the UK.

It is believed half a dozen flights have been affected as of Saturday morning, according to website FlightRadar24.

Flights to destinations such as Malaga and Alicante have turned around, with reports of flight to the Canary Island also cancelled.

Jet2 said the measure has been introduced throughout Spain in response to the coronavirus.

The company have said they are in the process of contacting customers in a "fast-moving and complex situation."

It comes as Spain moved to lockdown the country, with party destinations such as Ibiza, Malaga and Benidorm shut.

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In a statement given to Manchester Evening News, Jet2 said: "In response to local measures introduced throughout Spain to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the closure of bars, restaurants, shops and activities including any water sports, we have taken the decision to cancel all flights to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.

"We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers’ holidays, which is why we have taken this decision.

"We are contacting our customers who are currently in these destinations, and who are due to travel, to advise them of their options, so we urge customers not to call us.

"This is a fast-moving and complex situation and we are reviewing our programme as a matter of urgency, so that we can fly customers back to the UK.

"The health and safety of our customers is our number one priority, and we would like to thank our customers for their understanding."

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The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advised against all but essential travel to certain parts of Spain earlier this week.

Destinations included Madrid La Rioja and the municipalities of La Bastida, Vitoria and Miranda de Ebro.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the move to close Spain "will protect all its citizens" and "guarantee" the right conditions to tackle the deadly virus.

He said: "The government of Spain will protect all its citizens and will guarantee the right life conditions to slow the pandemic with as little inconvenience as possible."

It comes as Spain as a whole saw the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rocket by more than 25 per cent to 4,334, including over 120 deaths.

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