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Holidaymakers in airport dash as race to beat next travel list begins

Holidaymakers flying overseas this weekend shall be greater than double final week’s numbers as travellers race to escape earlier than any additional tightening of guidelines.

Tour operators and airways reported 100 per cent-plus will increase with many last-minute bookings as holidaymakers focused the Spanish and Greek islands for the beginning of the varsity holidays.

It means almost 400,000 Britons are set to fly out this weekend, making a complete of 1.5 million for the week, the very best quantity to date this year. 

It is 50 per cent up on final year’s a million who flew out in the identical week however nonetheless solely round 40 per cent of pre-pandemic ranges, in accordance to information from OAG flight tracker.

Travel companies reported one in seven holidaymakers had been last-minute bookings as they took benefit of a two-week window earlier than the Government reviewed its inexperienced, amber and purple lists of locations.

Paul Charles, chief govt of travel consultancy The PC Agency, stated: “There’s definitely a rush to take advantage of the window of opportunity before further potential changes as infection rates increase. It is proven by more flights being added to European destinations as well as the Caribbean.”

David Child, head of brand name and PR at Thomas Cook, stated 15 per cent of their bookings had been in the final week as would-be holidaymakers cashed in on costs depressed by the uncertainty over overseas travel this summer time.

“The people who are booking last minute are taking advantage of fantastic prices on offer. They are more expensive than they were in June but you can still get a five-star holiday for four-star prices,” he stated.

Package holidays to green-listed Malta are on common 52 per cent cheaper than earlier than the pandemic, with journeys to Spain round 20 per cent less expensive, Greece 11 per cent and Portugal 10 per cent, in accordance to value comparability web site Travelsupermarket.com.

While most airplane seats this weekend would usually be crammed by households, Mr Child stated it had fallen to a couple of third as many dad and mom with younger kids would have opted for the understanding of a pre-booked vacation in Britain.

TUI, Britain’s largest tour operator, stated it had doubled flights to 85 this weekend in contrast with final weekend with Mallorca the preferred adopted by Ibiza, regardless of each having been shifted to amber from inexperienced final week. Rhodes – additionally amber – was the third favorite selection.

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