On Friday afternoon, the no-frills airline Ryanair was offering a £ 690 round trip to Lanzarote, leaving on Sunday and returning a week later.
Other travel agencies have not been able to offer flights at all.
Jet2, the UK’s second-largest tour operator, said it would only resume flights to the Canaries on October 30 – the last day of the mid-term holiday for most English schools.
Industry figures have spoken of a mad rush to find planes as tour operators – including a resurgent Thomas Cook – responded to a flurry of requests for next week, as much of the UK Uni will be subject to social and leisure restrictions.
Airlines had reduced the number of available flights during the pandemic and are seeking short-notice capacity to meet unforeseen demand.
John Hays, who runs tour operator Hays Travel, said the return from the Canary Islands was “the first good news we’ve had in ages.”
“We have doubled the number of reservations in the group compared to the same time yesterday. But hardly anyone is stealing. Reports we receive indicate that it is only [tour operator] Tui with no availability as they had not canceled flights.
“The other guys, I’m told, are rushing to increase capacity, but the short-term logistics of outfitting a plane isn’t as easy as you might think.
Hays said there was a risk that potential vacationers would be disappointed if enough planes could not be found to meet demand.
Flight price comparison site Skyscanner said traffic to its website doubled after the government added the Canaries to the travel corridor.
A spokesperson said: “Looks like the British are clamoring to flock south for the winter, and the demand for a sun-drenched Canary Island vacation has come at the right time for people looking for a break.
As airlines and tour operators have struggled to increase capacity, easyJet said it has managed to add flights from London Gatwick and Manchester in time for the mid-term, which begins on Sunday.
It added 180,000 more seats by the end of March and brought forward the launch of new routes to the Canaries, in response to a 500% increase in searches overnight. But its package holidays branch will not resume its trips to the Canaries until November 2.
Tour operator Tui said it was increasing flights from regional airports to meet the additional demand.
“The phenomenal response from our customers to the reintroduction of the Canary Islands shows how much people want a vacation,” said Tui UK Managing Director Andrew Flintham.
“Our mid-term bookings have increased since the announcement at 5pm yesterday, with 25% of those booked to travel to the Canaries leaving for the islands tomorrow or Sunday.”
Thomas Cook, relaunched as an online-only ‘Covid-compatible’ brand by its Chinese owner Fosun after its collapse in 2019, said traffic to its website had tripled, searches for destinations such as Tenerife and Lanzarote soared. arrow.