As part of the extensive measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, countries around the world have closed their borders and grounded flights.

Thousands of Brits have had their holidays cancelled after FCO advice warned against all but essential travel.

But there could be light at the end of the tunnel as the government considers introducing 'air bridges' - which would allow travel between Britain and countries with low infection rates without having to quarantine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to be "personally in favour" of the idea.

But the government is still set to introduce a controversial quarantine policy meaning nearly all international arrivals into the UK will need to quarantine for 14 days from Monday.

Airlines such as easyJet, British Airways and Ryanair seem confident that this rule could be scrapped by the end of the month in favour of air bridges, and have begun to ramp up their flight schedule for this summer.

We've gathered the latest information from the major airlines on when they are set to resume flights, and what customers should do.

EasyJet

Flights will mainly be domestic at first

EasyJet is to resume flights from 22 European airports from June 15.

The low-cost airline plans to resume flying to almost three-quarters of its route network by August, although flight frequency will be lower.

In order to attract travellers, it is launching what it claims is its "biggest ever summer sale" with flights to Greece from £24.99 and Menorca from £18.49.

Flights will serve a a number of UK airports including Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast.

The only international route from the UK will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.

But there will be no food sold during flights, and passengers must wear masks onboard.

Planes will be deep cleaned and disinfection wipes and hand sanitiser will be available for passengers.

A spokeswoman said it is “introducing new measures to help ensure safety and wellbeing, including enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection and requirement for passengers and crew to wear masks.”

Jet2

The travel firm hopes to resume flights soon

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has announced plans to resume flights and holidays on July 1.

A spokesman said: “We have said throughout that the sun will shine again and when it does, we will be there to take customers away on their well-deserved holidays.

“As well as taking them away for their much-needed holidays, customers can be assured that we will be implementing measures, in consultation with the relevant authorities, to ensure the safety and well-being of everybody onboard.”

Destinations will include Alicante, Zante, Verona, Malaga and Madeira.

Customers set to depart before this will be contacted by Jet2, to discuss their options, including rebooking their holiday.

Ryanair

The airline says passengers will have to wear masks whilst flying

Ryanair is currently operating 30 flights a day but says it plans to restore 40% of its flights from July 1.

The airline is set to restart flying from most of its 80 bases across Europe - and Brits will be able to fly to countries such as Berlin, Prague, Venice, Malta and Marrakesh.

Passengers and crew will be required to wear face masks or face coverings, and pass temperature checks.

A limited range of refreshments will be sold on board, and no cash will be accepted.

Passengers flying in July or August will have to complete a form detailing how long their visit will be and where they are staying.

This information will be provided to EU governments.

Ryanair chief executive Eddie Wilson said: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards.

“Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

“After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.”

British Airways

The airline says it will not reach full capacity until next year

British Airways has said it is planning a “meaningful return to service” in July, subject to restrictions being eased.

But bosses have warned that the airline does not expect to return to full capacity until 2023.

A spokesman said: "These plans are highly uncertain and subject to the easing of lockdowns and travel restriction."

If you are due to travel between now and 31 July 2020, you can claim a voucher for future travel.

If your flight has been cancelled you can rebook or claim a voucher online or phone 0800 727 800 to secure a refund.

TUI

TUI is set to resume flying next month

Britain’s biggest holiday company, TUI is planning to resume trips on June 12.

The tour operator says the situation will be "continuously reviewed."

Destinations include Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany and Iceland.

A TUI spokeswoman said: “We understand that these are incredibly uncertain times and we’re continually reviewing and updating our policies in line with government guidelines.

"Our holidays departing after 12 June 2020 are currently due to operate as planned.

"It’s also reassuring for customers to know that all of our package holidays are ATOL protected, so travellers can book their future holidays with confidence.

"If the holiday needs to be cancelled down the track, they will be offered the option to either receive a refund credit with a bonus incentive or a cash refund.

"We know our customers will want to travel again and we are excited and ready to take them on their holidays as soon as we are able to.”

Virgin Atlantic

The airline is not set to restart many of its flights until August at the earliest

The airline has said it won't resume flights until August "at the earliest" due to the new mandatory self-isolation regulations for people entering the UK.

A spokeswoman said: "The safety and security of our people and our customers is always our top priority and public health must come first.

"However, by introducing a mandatory 14 day self-isolation for every single traveller entering the UK, the government’s approach will prevent flights from resuming.

"We are continually reviewing our flying programme and with these restrictions, there simply won’t be sufficient demand to resume passenger services before August at the earliest.

“We know that as the Covid-19 crisis subsides, air travel will be a vital enabler of the UK’s economic recover.

“Therefore, we are calling for a multi-layered approach of carefully targeted public health and screening measures, which will allow for a successful and safe restart of international air travel for passengers and businesses.”