Boris Johnson’s announcements prompted a surge in UK flight bookings

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a plan to gradually relax restrictions for the coming months in the United Kingdom, according to the pace of mass vaccination of the population.

With a fixed date between March 8 and the beginning of July, they will progressively eliminate the restrictions of confinement and social distancing. Although he warned that it can be postponed if in some of the stages an increase in cases is visualized.

Within what was announced, it is reported that international travel for vacation purposes will be reactivated on May 17, but subject to changes if necessary, therefore the date with greater certainty would pass to June 21, which is one of the last stages of the termination of limitations.

As a result, flight bookings soared 337% and an increase of 630% to holiday destinations, despite the fact that they continue to restrict entry to the British, according to Easyjet. Hinting at a large bubble of travelers who are eager to fly, once the regulations imposed to contain COVID-19 and its respective strains cease.

The low-cost reported that the destinations with the highest number of searches are Alicante, Malaga, Palmo, Faro and Crete, with August being the strongest month, although July and September are not far behind.

Today more than three dozen countries restrict the entry of travelers who have been in the last 14 days in the United Kingdom, as well as all passenger flights that come from that country.

On the other hand, travelers who have the possibility of entering the United Kingdom face a ten-day confinement in a hotel designated by the government, near the airport, and at a cost of USD 107 per night that the entrant must pay.

Easyjet and Ryanair, two of the most important airlines in the United Kingdom. Photo: Christos Vittoratos by Wikipedia Commons

Both situations have depressed trips to the Island, and only out of extreme necessity are trips made there. Easyjet and Ryanair have made an average of 140 weekly flights in Europe, although their operations are mostly based in the United Kingdom, this represents a drop of between 90-96% in weekly frequencies, according to Eurocontrol.

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British Airways, on the other hand, has made 112 weekly flights, mostly cargo services, which only represents 12% of its weekly operations compared to the same period of the previous year.

Heathrow International Airport, the most important in London and in the whole country, has experienced a 76% decrease in its operations, being considered one of the worst performance of the confluence of flights in all of Europe.

These new announcements give hope to what may come in the upcoming summer season in the Northern Hemisphere, and as positive progress in the decline in cases and vaccination process continues, better stock performance will be seen in other countries in the region. region.

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