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Holidaymakers are being forced to spend upwards of £1,000 flying to popular European destinations for the summer as the cost of overseas travel rises.

The cost of summer holidays has fallen in recent years as demand has plummeted following the Covid pandemic.

But prices are skyrocketing after bookings surged in recent months following the UK government’s decision to scrap all Covid travel restrictions.

For example, traveling from London Heathrow to Malaga on a return economy class flight on May 28 and June 4 costs £1,028 or £4,112 for a family of four, The telegraph reported.

Skyscanner’s Gemma Jamieson said prices had risen in line with demand, with holidays finally becoming a viable option.

“The main driver of flight prices is supply and demand and always has been, and people are realizing that holidays are a viable option for them this year,” Ms Jamieson told the newspaper.

“The demand is really increasing for people who wouldn’t have thought of it a few months ago.

“It’s achievable because the rules are much simpler and the trust is much higher. The demand will be massive. People are going back to where they know and love.”

All Covid travel measures were lifted in the UK last month despite the continued rise in Covid cases.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said lifting the requirements, which include pre-travel testing for those who have not been vaccinated, would allow “greater freedom in time for Easter” to go abroad.

Demand for overseas holidays has surged since the start of the year and there is a new “air of positivity” in the industry, airline executives said in response to the move.

Derek Jones, managing director of Kuoni, a tourism company, said bookings had increased in recent months for destinations including the Maldives, Mauritius, the Caribbean and Europe.

“Removing all travel restrictions is a game-changer – people can now go on holiday or visit family and friends abroad without all the stress of testing before returning home,” a- he declared.