A number of Jet2 flights have been forced to turn around mid-air as fears of the coronavirus grow.

Five flights from the UK have been suspended over France and turned around to return to their origins.

It was revealed on Saturday that coronavirus cases in Spain have risen by 1,500 to more than 5,700 in just one day.

The airline confirmed they have cancelled all flights to mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect in light of the outbreak of COVID-19.

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The flights that have been affected are:

  • BHX-AGP (LS1203) - Birmingham to Malaga
  • LBA-ALC (LS271) - Leeds to Alicante
  • GLA-ALC (LS177) - Glasgow to Alicante
  • EMA-ALC (LS641) - East Midlands to Alicante
  • MAN-ALC (LS879) - Manchester to Alicante

Your travel rights

Earlier this week, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to the regions that the Spanish Ministry of Health have designated as areas of community transmission of coronavirus.

These include: Madrid and La Rioja, and the municipalities of La Bastida and Vitoria (both in the Basque Country) and Miranda de Ebro (in Castilla y León).

Can I get a refund from Jet2?

Jet2 has advised that customers with affected bookings can either amend their flight to different departure date or receive a refund.

They say they're receiving a lot of calls and priority will be given to those due to depart within the next seven days.

Will my insurance be valid?

If you booked a holiday before the FCO advice was issued, then travel insurance will cover you for unused and non-refundable travel and accommodation costs in that destination.

But in the first instance, you should always approach the airline, your tour operator or your travel company for a possible refund, or to see if they will amend your itinerary, advises Chris Rolland, CEO of specialist medical travel insurance provider AllClear Travel (allcleartravel.co.uk).

You will also be covered for emergency medical expenses if you contract coronavirus in a country where there was no FCO advisory at the time of departure.

Check the fine print thoroughly

"Travel insurance policies will cover emergency medical expenses and repatriation costs if treatment is needed as a result of the coronavirus," says Rebecca Kingsley, brand manager of consumer awareness initiative, Travel Insurance Explained (travelinsuranceexplained.co.uk).

"Policies may also be extended should you be unable to return on your scheduled date, due to quarantine restrictions."

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But she advises checking to find out exactly what is covered. Some policies, for example, will cover additional accommodation and food costs incurred if you are quarantined while away. She also warns that delays are often only covered on outbound (and not return) journeys, so check this too.