Just as the Canary Islands coronavirus restrictions were lifted, Travel firms celebrated a surge in the number of people booking trips.
EasyJet, Hays Travel and On the Beach reported a dramatic increase in traffic on their websites since the change in Government policy was announced on Thursday night. EasyJet announced an increase in flights as soon as the news came in from the government regarding the lifting of the quarantine rules.
Package holiday operator, Tui, said the number of people searching online for trips was seven times higher than usual just hours after the announcement and that a quarter of those booked to travel to the Canaries are departing this weekend.
Managing Director for Tui, Andrew Flintham, claimed this “phenomenal reaction” demonstrated “just how much people want a holiday”.
He went on: “Our half-term bookings have soared since the announcement, with 25% of those booked to travel to the Canaries departing for the islands (on Saturday) or Sunday. We’re really pleased to be able to take customers away for a much-needed break to our most popular mid-haul destinations. This is a positive step forward and we hope we can now look forward to the introduction of airport testing which will allow us to open up more destinations in the coming weeks.”
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