Jet2 cancels all flights to Greek holiday destination amid 'stay home' warning

People getting off a Jet2 plane

Jet2 has announced the cancellation of all flights to a popular Greek holiday spot, issuing a 'stay home' alert to its customers.

The airline has halted all UK departures to Skiathos, including those from Leeds Bradford Airport, in response to extreme weather forecasts. The Hellenic National Meteorological Service has issued alerts for "heavy thunderstorms" that are set to impact the island within the Sporades archipelago. As a result, Jet2 has called off flights from several UK airports such as Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Newcastle, and Manchester.

Plans are underway to reschedule these flights.

Jet2 released a statement advising passengers: "If you are travelling to Skiathos today, please do not travel to the airport. If you have already travelled to the airport, if possible, we would advise you to return home and come back to the airport three hours before your new departure time tomorrow."

For those unable to return home, the airline suggests seeking help from their Red team at the airport. Additionally, Jet2 is contacting passengers in Skiathos who were due to fly back today.

The spokesperson for Jet2 apologised for the unavoidable schedule change, stating: "We apologise for this change that is unfortunately beyond our control, if you are due to travel to Skiathos today, we have sent all details of the change and your options to your email address on the booking. It is rare for our schedules to be disrupted like this and although this change is beyond our control, we understand it will disrupt your plans at last minute and have done everything that we can to ensure we operate as soon as possible and minimise the delay."

They also conveyed their regret over the inconvenience caused: "We have a huge team working hard behind the scenes at our UK-based HQ that are monitoring the situation and on behalf of us all, we are sorry again for the inconvenience this delay brings."

Last September, Skiathos was hit by severe weather conditions, including heavy rainstorms and flooding, causing extensive damage and necessitating rescue operations. At that time, Jet2 was forced to cancel a number of flights.

Jet2 has extended an offer to those impacted by the current disruption, allowing flight-only passengers to switch to the next available flight without any additional charge or to cancel for a full refund. Package holiday customers have been advised to get in touch with the company directly to discuss alterations to their travel arrangements.