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Summer holiday bookings skyrocket after lockdown exit plans revealed

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Surge in summer holiday flight bookings.

Holiday bookings surged this week following the announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, which states that foreign travel may be permitted from May 17.

Currently, England has a ban on international travel for leisure, meaning it’s illegal to go on vacation abroad.

However, Monday’s announcement has led to a large number of bookings for destinations all around the world as British sunseekers look for an escape.

Tui reported that they had had their best day of bookings in more than a month, with strong interest in Greece, Spain and Turkey.

Thomas Cook told the BBC that bookings were “flooding in” for countries like the Dominican Republic, Greece, Cyprus and Mexico.

EasyJet also reported a 337 per cent increase in bookings.

Skyscanner said it saw a 55% increase in web traffic immediately after the Prime Minister unveiled the roadmap.

Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal are the most in-demand destinations for short-haul bookings, while the USA, Pakistan, India and Thailand are proving to be the most popular long-haul.

Hugh Aitken, VP of Flights at Skyscanner, said: “It was good to see the potential re-start of international travel included in the government’s roadmap announcement yesterday.

“Our data shows that travellers are very well-tuned into any updates about restrictions and much like the travel corridor announcements last year, we are seeing this latest news translate into a surge in travel demand.

“That said, the importance of clear, straightforward and timely information remains paramount to restoring both traveller and industry confidence, especially relating to quarantines and pre-departure testing.”

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