EasyJet reported that it has seen an almost 200% increase in UK bookings following the government’s lifting of restrictions. He said more easyJet flights were on sale from London Gatwick than ever before, with 1.1 million seats recently added.
British Airways said vacation searches were up nearly 40% from the previous week, with New York, Dubai and Barbados being the most popular destinations. Virgin Atlantic reported a 150% increase week over week, with Orlando, New York and Barbados topping the list.
Jet2holidays has also confirmed that bookings have increased by 150% day to day.
“We have seen an immediate and dramatic increase in bookings, with volumes since the government announcement heading towards pre-pandemic levels,” said Steve Heapy, chief executive.
Travelbag and Travel Republic have also reported spikes in bookings, especially for popular winter sun destinations such as Dubai and the Maldives.
Skiers also take the opportunity to book a last minute trip. The ski instructor’s market, Maison Sport, reported a 100% increase in overnight bookings, all reinforced by fresh snowfall at Europe’s top ski resorts.
“Search levels, which were already up over the weekend, continue to rise and with good snow conditions and many great value deals still available, now is the time to book,” said Chris Logan , Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays.