is to resume flights and holidays to Cyprus next week after suspending its programme at the end of July.

The operator said at the time that “prohibitive entry restrictions” meant it had “no choice” but to pause its flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos.

However, the  UK’s second largest operator has seen increased demand to Cyprus despite holidaymakers from the UK being required to provide a negative Covid-19 test upon arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel.

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “The ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic means that the company has made some adjustments to its flying programme to Cyprus, however there is still plenty of choice and flexibility in response to the demand.”

Almost 40,000 seats are on sale to Larnaca starting on August 17 from eight UK airports – Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.

The company also resumes flights and holidays to Paphos the following day with 45,000 seats for the remainder of the summer from Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.

Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “We are delighted to be recommencing our flights and holidays programme to Cyprus from 17th August and looking at the demand it’s very clear just how much our customers are looking forward to their well-deserved holidays in the Cypriot sunshine.

“With a great choice of flights and holidays to Cyprus from eight UK bases, not to mention fantastic deals and free child places available, there’s plenty of choice and value for those looking to get away for a much-needed break in the sunshine this summer.

“These have been incredibly uncertain and difficult times for everyone, and we have been busy looking after our customers and doing the right thing for them.

“As a result of this, customers know they can trust us to deliver and that’s our absolute focus for anyone travelling with us – delivering award winning customer service and package holidays you can trust.”

Tourism Cyprus deputy minister Savvas Perdios said: “Jet2 and Jet2holidays is one of our most loyal and trusted partners and we are more than eager to once again, welcome its customers to Cyprus.

“We would like to wish and Jet2holidays every success and extend a warm welcome to all its customers.”