Jet2 have provided an important update after cancelling all flights to Spain amid fears of the coronavirus.

The airline suspended its services on Saturday, with five flights forced to turn around while in mid-air over France.

Planes flying from Glasgow to Alicante, Birmingham to Malaga, Leeds to Alicante, East Midlands to Alicante and Manchester to Alicante had been forced to return.

Jet2 originally stated yesterday that they had cancelled all flights to Mainland Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands with immediate effect.

Now, they have confirmed that they will only be cancelling flights for the next seven days at the least.

Read here for the latest travel, refund and insurance advice if your Jet2 flight has been cancelled

In an updated statement, a spokeswoman 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 suspend flights for at least the next seven days 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.

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

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

With 191 deaths and 6,046 infections, Spain is the worst-hit country in Europe after Italy, which declared a nationwide lockdown on Monday.