Holidaymakers across Northern Ireland have ben rushing to book their next getaway following Boris Johnson’s recent announcement of a roadmap to recovery and easing of lockdown restrictions.
The Prime Minister said on Monday (February 22) that a Government taskforce will produce a report by April 12 recommending how international trips can resume for people in England and the devolved government in Northern Ireland is expected to announce a similar roadmap shortly.
“In the hours after the announcement, easyJet said bookings by UK customers for the summer season were more than four times higher compared with the same period during the previous week,” said EasyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren.
The most popular destinations for this summer are reportedly include Malaga, Alicante and Palma in Spain, Faro in Portugal and the Greek island of Crete.
Mr Lundgren addedd: “We have consistently seen that there is pent-up demand for travel and this surge in bookings shows that this signal from the Government that it plans to reopen travel has been what UK consumers have been waiting for.
“The Prime Minister’s address has provided a much-needed boost in confidence for so many of our customers in the UK with demand for flights up 337% and holidays up 630% already compared to last week and beach destinations proving most popular for this summer.
“While the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on a long-awaited holiday to remember.”
TUI also reported a six-fold increase in bookings, making Monday (February 22) its busiest day in more than a month with holiday hotspots Greece, Spain and Turkey the most in-demand destinations.