Following the relaxation of limitations, EasyJet has seen an increase in demand
Flight reservations for the late summer season climbed dramatically, with beach resorts among the most popular destinations this autumn and travel in October being the most popular, indicating that Brits are eager to plan a late summer break escape.
Within hours of the UK government confirming that fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer be needed to do a PDT (pre-departure test) to return to the UK from non-red list countries, easyJet saw a jump in UK bookings. The move will take effect on October 4th, just in time for the half-term break.
Flight reservations for the late summer season climbed dramatically, with beach resorts among the most popular destinations this autumn and travel in October being the most popular, indicating that Brits are eager to plan a late summer break escape. In October, the most popular travel locations are Alicante, Majorca, and Tenerife in Spain, and Faro in Portugal. EasyJet will add another 51,000 seats for October departures from the UK to coastal destinations in the coming days.
With Turkey no longer on the red list, more seats have been added on flights to Dalaman, a location noted for its natural coves, magnificent blue waters, and protected national park, from airports across the UK, including London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, and Bristol.
easyJet has also seen strong early demand for ski destinations for the New Year, with the top destinations being Geneva from Manchester, London Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and London Gatwick. Easyjet runs 325 connections from the UK to 94 locations in 35 European, North African, and Middle Eastern countries, making it one of the UK's main operators to European green and amber list destinations, with roughly two million seats still available for a late summer trip.
“Every time limitations have been loosened or abolished, we have witnessed pent up demand, and this is no exception,” said Sophie Dekkers, EasyJet's chief commercial officer.
Since the government's decision to abolish the traffic light system, eliminate the pre-departure test, and remove popular summer sun spots from the red list, we've noticed a tremendous increase in bookings.
“With Brits scrambling for last minute summer sun, particularly over the October half term, we are putting on even more flights to the most popular beach hot spots to serve this added demand.”