TThe number of seats sold for flights to Gibraltar increased 115% in the first week of June compared to the previous week, according to data from Skyskcanner, reports the Times. Demand for flights to Iceland also increased by 40 percent.
Carriers announced additional services to both destinations – British Airways, easyJet, Wizz Air and Eastern Airways added new flights to Gibraltar, while Icelandair will increase the number of daily services between the UK and Iceland by one to two in July. It will also add new direct flights from Gatwick and Manchester later this summer.
Israel’s tourist office told The Times it had also seen an increase in bookings. The country plans to reopen to British travelers on July 1.
These booking figures follow warnings from British ambassadors that Britain is unlikely to open travel to major European holiday destinations until early August. Mario Draghi, the Italian Prime Minister, has also warned that British tourists could be quarantined on arrival due to concerns over the number of cases of the Delta variant in the UK.
Jonathan Ashworth, Labor’s fictitious health secretary, is among those who criticized the government for not disrupting travel from India, where the Delta variant was first detected earlier. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today show that Labor would “collapse” the traffic light system for travel and move all Amber List destinations to red.
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