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Jet2 holidaymaker Brits fly back to UK after flights stopped – but dozens still heading out to Ibiza

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JET2 holidaymaker Brits have touched down in the UK today after flights stopped running to Ibiza - but dozens are still heading to the party island.

Despite the lack of flights and two-week quarantine awaiting them when they get back, many travellers still seemed keen to get away to the Spanish isle.

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Brits queueing up to board the Jet2 flight home

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Brits queueing up to board the Jet2 flight homeCredit: Bav Media

People landed in Ibiza today - but didn't travel with Jet2 - for a holiday

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People landed in Ibiza today - but didn't travel with Jet2 - for a holidayCredit: Isabel Infantes

Dozens of people arrived on the Spanish island today - not bothered by the quarantine when they get home

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Dozens of people arrived on the Spanish island today - not bothered by the quarantine when they get homeCredit: Isabel Infantes

Jet2 had told Brits on holiday there to end their stay early to get home

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Jet2 had told Brits on holiday there to end their stay early to get homeCredit: Bav Media

People on their way home from holidaying in Ibiza

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People on their way home from holidaying in IbizaCredit: Bav Media

Jet2 told travellers in the Balearic and Canary Islands to end their holidays early yesterday, or risk paying for their own flights home.

Hundreds of passengers who had flights back to Britain cancelled were asked to leave Spain sooner following the government's quarantine U-turn.

It comes after Jet2 announced on Monday it would no longer take passengers to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, after the Government imposed the quarantine rules.

And today dozens of tanned sunseekers returned to Britain this afternoon, ferried back by the airline.

But many people weren't put off by the new 14-day compulsory quarantine upon their return from Spain, and jetted off anyway - but not with Jet2.

Jet2 is sending planes to evacuate Brits after suspending flights and holidays to Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza until August 9.

But the budget airline told passengers it can't keep sending empty planes to collect them on different dates, the BBC reports.

Customers due to return in early August with Jet2 - the UK's largest tour operator - were told to fly back sooner.

FLY AWAY HOME

On Saturday, Brits had just five hours notice after the government's bombshell announcement that everyone returning from Spain must self-isolate for 14 days.

It left people scrambling to find alternative transport after many flights were cancelled and airlines changed their policies.

The Spanish government has since slammed the decision and insists that it is safe for tourists to visit and is negotiating with the UK.

Hotels in popular destinations like Benidorm have been forced to close just days after reopening.

On Monday a statement from Jet2 said: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to Mainland Spain from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend our flights and holidays programme to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from 28th July up to and including 16th August."

The company later included the popular islands in the no-go zone until August 9.

Jet2 are offering customers affected by the cancellations a full refund, a rebook with no admin fee or a Refund Credit Note.

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It said this week it will be contacting customers to discuss their options.

The firm has also cancelled all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17.

The airline said it has "no choice" but to suspend trips to Larnaca and Paphos after new coronavirus restrictions were slapped on the country.

Brits still arrived on the island today ready for a holiday

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Brits still arrived on the island today ready for a holidayCredit: Isabel Infantes

Jet2 has been bringing customers home on socially distant flights

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Jet2 has been bringing customers home on socially distant flightsCredit: Bav Media

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