Brits rush to snag bargains for summer holidays abroad as travel restrictions lift
Tenerife, Mallorca, Crete, Turkey and the Spanish Costas have all seen a surge in demand. Tonight self-catering holidays in Crete were being advertised for as little as £130pp
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Record numbers of holidaymakers will be flocking abroad this summer as travel restrictions end for the first time in three years.
The holiday season is shaping up to be the busiest ever, with families racing to snag great bargains.
Many are desperate to banish the gloom of lockdowns and flee in case the cost-of-living crisis robs them of vacation next year.
Tenerife, Mallorca, Crete, Turkey and the Spanish Costas have all seen a surge in demand. Tonight self-catering holidays in Crete were being advertised for as low as £130pp.
Low-cost carrier easyJet said: “After a few uncertain years for holidaymakers, we are preparing for a great summer. About a third are families heading for the sun. More than half opt for all-inclusive, with May and June being the preferred months.
Spanish airline Vueling has opened six routes between London Gatwick and Malaga, Seville, Granada, Almeria, La Coruña and Menorca in anticipation of demand.
Tui, Britain’s biggest holiday company, said: ‘Demand for Greece, Turkey and long-haul favorites Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico has returned to pre-Covid levels.
“Many customers prefer destinations with less stringent entry requirements and want to stay longer than seven nights to make up for lost time.”
Richard Singer, chief executive of Ice Travel Group, said the value of vacations had increased.
He added: “People want to treat themselves after being stuck at home for so long.”
Dame Irene Hays, owner of Hays Travel, the UK’s largest independent travel agency, said: “People are desperate to get away.”