Foreign holiday bookings soared last night after prime minister Boris Johnson announced his plan to ease lockdown. Airlines and tour operators reported a sudden spike in sales immediately after he suggested that holidays outside the UK may be possible as early as mid-May 2021.
Easyjet put on extra flights after reporting a 337% spike in sales and a 630% increase in bookings of Easyjet holidays. Thomas Cook reported that its website traffic was up by 75% on 22nd February and bookings tripled from the day before. Turkey was the No 1 destination followed by Greece and Cyprus, but people also booked long-haul breaks to Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Similarly, British Airways has started offering foreign holidays for 2022 in an effort to capitalise on demand following a 50% spike in searches for trips next January.
This flurry of activity to meet demand by UK holiday makers, is despite a current ban on holidays in the UK and abroad. The government has said a decision on easing international travel restrictions would not be made until mid-May at the earliest.
The exit from the lockdown in the UK parallels the progress of the roll-out of the vaccination programme. 25% of UK adult have now had a first injection. The government is considering to introduce a vaccination passport to facilitate travel for vaccinated people.
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Due to the pandemic everyone has had a tough year and people are desperate to get away this summer. Although many consumers feel it is still too risky to book a foreign holiday, for those who want to take advantage of newly available foreign holidays, booking early appears to be on many people minds.