Boris Johnson gave holidaymakers a glimmer of hope as he announced the government’s plans for easing England out of lockdown.
Currently England has a ban on international travel for leisure, meaning it’s illegal to go on holiday abroad. However, the policy on foreign travel is set to be reviewed in April as part of the lockdown roadmap, and could resume from May 17 at the earliest.
Unsurprisingly, travel firms noted a surge in bookings for flights and holidays – and Skyscanner was no exception.
The flight bookings website said it saw a 55% increase of traffic to its website immediately after Boris unveiled the roadmap in the House of Commons on Monday, with flight bookings from UK travellers increasing by 69% compared to the previous day.
As for the destination top of the list? It was Spain where holidaymakers were keen to nab deals, with the country having the highest volume of bookings on Monday (February 22).
It’s not surprising considering Spain has been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers for decades thanks to its plethora of resorts, beautiful beaches and the budget-friendly flights and packages to be found.
Short-haul destinations proved particular hits with Greece, Turkey, Italy and Portugal, and even some domestic UK flights also making the cut, while there were a few long-haul destinations Pakistan, the USA, India and Thailand.
This comes despite ongoing travel restrictions and quarantine rules – the US, for example, continues to keep its borders closed to anyone who has been in the UK within 14 days of travel). You can check out the full list of the top 10 destinations below.
It’s worth noting that at the time of writing, travel restrictions are still in place and there are a number of factors that will determine which destinations could reopen to Brits when these do lift.
We’ve got a guide on everything you need to know if you are thinking of booking a holiday now, for travel later this year.
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.
“Ultimately, a combination of factors will be required to unlock pent-up demand including greater global alignment on common, international standards to enable people to plan for a well-deserved holiday.”
Top 10 booked destinations
- United States
You can find out more on skyscanner.net.
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