Airlines slash prices to as little as £15 in bid to kickstart foreign travel

Airlines have slashed prices to as little as £15 for October half-term flights to Europe in a bid to persuade fully-jabbed holidaymakers to benefit from the reopening of foreign travel.

Half-term flights to common Spanish resorts together with Alicante and Tenerife are up to 30 per cent beneath pre-pandemic prices as airways search to pump-prime the autumn vacation market.

Low-cost airline EasyJet is providing October flights from Luton to Fuerteventura, the second largest Canary Island, at £15.08, and at £22.99 for UK flights to Malaga and Faro.

Skyscanner, which screens prices and bookings, mentioned there are additionally last-minute offers on supply for Milan from £19, Nice from £41, Pisa from £51 and Barcelona from £98.

It follows the Government’s announcement that pre-departure exams for returning holidaymakers will probably be ditched from Oct 4 and PCR exams on arrival in the UK could possibly be changed by cheaper lateral circulate variations in time for the October half-term.

‘Prices for subsequent summer season are going up’

“There are a lot of offers being added onto the market for October and November to encourage people to return to flying but prices for next summer are going up and are about 10 per cent higher than this year,” mentioned Paul Charles, chief government of the travel consultancy The PC Agency.

The cost-cutting seems to be focused extra at city-break locations like Milan, Lyon and Amsterdam the place there may be usually much less demand than for late autumn seaside resort breaks.

However, Alicante flights are averaging £125 for half time period week, practically 30 per cent beneath pre pandemic costs of £164. Tenerife is comparable with prices a 3rd decrease, at £227 in contrast with £299 earlier than Covid and Malaga at £131 towards £159.

It has meant that some holidaymakers who booked their flights earlier in the summer season have seen prices plummet beneath their authentic outlay.

Property developer Ian Dunckley and his spouse Steph from Medbourne, Leicestershire paid £216 per easyJet flight from Luton to Faro for the primary week of the October half-term with kids Hattie, 15, and Tom, 16.

‘We knew it was a big gamble’

However, the prices have since been slashed to lower than £70. “We knew it was a gamble booking in June and we had no idea what the situation would be come October,” mentioned Mrs Dunckley.

“But we’re staying in a friend’s apartment so didn’t have to worry about losing money on accommodation and we knew that, if we were unable to fly, easyJet would honour our flights and hold over our booking to the ski season or our next holiday.”

Travel specialists have, nevertheless, warned that prices could ratchet up if demand will increase and seats are steadily crammed. It already seems to have hit the business flight market for common resorts.

Secondary college trainer Simon Hare revealed that the 2 return flights he booked a month in the past to Madrid in BA business class for Covid causes due to the additional area have doubled in value from £567.

“I checked to see how much they were when the traffic light system was dropped and the exact same flights were priced at over £1,300,” he mentioned.

Gavin Harris, pricing professional at Skyscanner, mentioned: “Now greater than ever it’s in the curiosity of travellers and the business to hold prices as aggressive as doable in order to reboot travel.

“Travel fares all the time fluctuate following any main announcement on travel, and that’s true for pre-pandemic occasions too, for example if a brand new route opens up.

“What happens is that there is a short period of time for pricing to adjust to new demand levels, and then they usually return to close to what they were before the announcement.”

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