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Surge in bookings

EasyJet reported that it had seen a boost of almost 200 per cent in UK bookings following the Government’s lifting of restrictions. It said more easyJet flights were on sale from London Gatwick than ever before, with 1.1 million seats recently added.

British Airways said searches for holidays were up by nearly 40 per cent on the week before, with New York, Dubai and Barbados the most popular destinations. Virgin Atlantic reported a 150 per cent rise week on week, with Orlando, New York and Barbados topping the list.

Jet2holidays has also confirmed bookings have increased by 150 per cent day-on-day.

“We have seen an immediate and dramatic spike in bookings, with volumes since the Government announcement heading towards pre-pandemic levels,” said Steve Heapy, chief executive.

Both Travelbag and Travel Republic have also reported spikes in bookings, especially for popular winter sun destinations such as Dubai and the Maldives.

Skiers are seizing the opportunity to book a last-minute trip too. Ski instructor marketplace, Maison Sport, has reported a 100 per cent increase in bookings overnight, all bolstered by fresh snowfall in Europe’s top ski resorts.

“Search levels, which were already up on the weekend, continue to increase and with great snow conditions and plenty of excellent value deals still available now’s the time to book,” said Chris Logan, managing director of Crystal Ski Holidays.

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