Budget airlines see surge in bookings after roadmap announcement

Some budget airlines have witnessed an enormous surge in bookings following the roadmap announcement.

Boris Johnson revealed the government’s roadmap steps for exiting lockdown on Monday (February 22).

In his highly anticipated press conference, the Prime Minister revealed that all aspects of society could be opened by June 21.

The roadmap outlines four steps for easing restrictions, with the government examining data before proceeding to the next step.

One of the most exciting parts of the announcement for many people was the prospect of being able to go on holiday again.

The Prime Minister said that international travel rules are set to be reviewed on May 17.

This is targeted as the earliest possible date for a foreign holiday.

However, he stressed the four step plan is based on ‘data not dates’ and said they are all subject to change.

Foreign travel, the PM said, would be subject to a Department for Transport review to facilitate inbound and outbound travel.

In England, self-contained accommodation will open no earlier than April 12, with the Prime Minister saying that overnight stays could not happen until after April 12 at the earliest.

easyJet is one of the companies that has experienced a huge surge in bookings following the Prime Minister’s announcement.

The popular carrier said that UK bookings surged ‘within hours’ of the roadmap being revealed.

The firm said flight bookings for the summer season had increased by 337 per cent, whilst easyJet holidays bookings rose 630 per cent week on week since the address.

The airliner said beach resorts were the top destination for holiday bookings this summer, with Malaga, Alicante and Palma in Spain, Faro in Portugal and the Greek island of Crete are the current front runners for summer season flight bookings.

Travel in August, followed by July and September has been the most popular so far, the company said.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said: “We have consistently seen that there is pent up demand for travel and this surge in bookings shows that this signal from the Government that it plans to reopen travel has been what UK consumers have been waiting for.

“The Prime Minister’s address has provided a much-needed boost in confidence for so many of our customers in the UK with demand for flights up 337% and holidays up 630% already compared to last week and beach destinations proving most popular for this summer.

“Our Protection Promise means that customers can book with confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel or their plans change so can their flights or holiday and we’ve put more flights and holidays on sale this summer to even more destinations, so that customers have more choice to book something to look forward to.

“And while the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on long-awaited holiday to remember.”

Meanwhile, Jet2 also reported a huge surge in bookings following the announcement.

According to the company, bookings for this summer increased more than 1,000 per cent in the 24 hours following the announcement.

The firm said bookings continued to surge for destinations across the board, including Mainland Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

As with easyJet, the company said there was a notable increase in bookings from July, which continues through the rest of the school holidays and Summer 21.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: “We have seen enormous pent-up demand from British holidaymakers for some time, with people wanting nothing more than to get away to the sunshine and enjoy their well-deserved holidays.

“The government’s announcement is the news they have been longing for, and the continued surge in bookings shows how ready our customers are to get away to the sunshine on a real package holiday.

“We are very pleased that the government has shown a clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months, and we look forward to more detail in due course.

“Throughout the pandemic, we have done absolutely everything to look after our valued customers and we have always said that the sun will shine for them once again.

“We know what an incredibly difficult time it has been for everyone, and we very much look forward to taking everyone from our rainy islands to their dream holiday choice this summer and beyond.”

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