JET2 today cancelled all flights to Spain amid the coronavirus crisis.
A number of flights heading to Spain were this morning turned around midair amid the dramatic measures.
Jet2 said in a statement: “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.”
Spanish air traffic controllers had earlier tweeted about the flights seemingly being turned around saying: “It seems that the Jet2 company had ordered several flights to Spanish airports to return.
“The reason for this measure is unknown.”
The deadly bug is spreading like wildfire through Europe, with Spain rapidly emerging as a major hotspot and Brits warned against all but essential travel to certain areas.
The Balearic Government is ordering the closure of all discos, clubs, pubs, nightclubs, gyms and sports facilities in Majorca and Ibiza in a bid to stop the spread.
And Catalonian authorities announced tonight the entire region, including Brit favourite Barcelona would be placed on lockdown.
Closures for bars and restaurants in resorts like Benidorm and other holiday hotspots along the Costa Blanca, came into effect at midnight last night.
It comes as the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the country would formally declare a state of emergency today.