british airways reports spike in holiday bookings as prime minister announces plan for end of lockdown

Huge surge in holiday bookings for summer 2021

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.

Holiday bookings – Hotel Bookings – Car Park Bookings

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.

If you’re planning your summer holiday, make sure you get your car parking and any overnight hotels booked early too.

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