UK leisure carrier Jet2 has cancelled all services to mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands with immediate effect.

Multiple Jet2 aircraft en route to Spanish resorts on 14 March have abandoned their original flightplans and instead turned around to head back to the UK.

Spain is an important market for Jet2, which operates from several UK airports to around 14 Spanish destinations including Barcelona, Girona, Ibiza, Mallorca, Alicante, Malaga, Tenerife and other resorts.

But the Spanish government has taken steps to limit the spread of the coronavirus including closing restaurants, bars and shops, and banning certain sports actvities.

“We know these local measures will have a significant impact on our customers’ holidays, which is why we have taken this decision,” says the carrier.

“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.”

Jet2 has also temporarily suspended services to Italy, Malta, Cyprus, Austria and the Czech Republic.