Airlines on Thursday reported an increase in bookings for flights from the UK after the government announced fully vaccinated passengers and their children could return from Amber List countries without quarantine after July 19.
EasyJet said bookings to destinations classified as orange for the coronavirus have increased 400% and holiday bookings have increased 440 per week since Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the policy change on Thursday morning .
British Airways said traffic to its website nearly doubled after the announcement, with orange destinations in Spain and the United States becoming the most sought after destinations, alongside the Balearic Islands and the Caribbean, which were listed as green.
Spain, Greece and Portugal top the Orange List of countries for flights and vacations, according to airline easyJet, which has added 145,000 additional seats for the summer.
Johan Lundgren, Managing Director of easyJet, said: “We have been delighted with the response from customers to the removal of the Orange List quarantine for fully vaccinated people, so Europe has now gone green for the double shot. . “
However, consumer groups said Britons should remain cautious about bookings as many destinations, such as the US, still ban arrivals to the UK, and there was potential confusion with the travel advice of the UK. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, affecting insurance policies.
The Which? Consumer advisory group said people making reservations should be aware of the risks of disruption and make sure they have full coverage.
Group editor Rory Boland said: “It is important that people consider the obstacles that might still prevent them from traveling, before rushing to book. Other countries continue to impose restrictions on arrivals in the UK, and it has been suggested that several million people could be disrupted their plans if told to self-isolate after exposure to the coronavirus. “
Concerns over the rapid increase in cases and the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the UK could still thwart holiday plans for many.
Italy, Portugal and Spain have all recently tightened entry requirements for British travelers; Italy demands five days of quarantine. France is expected to review its policy on British travelers next week, and with the UK on France’s own orange or orange list, unvaccinated holidaymakers are banned.
Airlines have urged the government to continue reviewing testing requirements. A vaccinated family of four was still likely to spend £ 400-500 on viral tests in order to take a break this summer in European Orange List countries.
Labor, who continued to urge release of data underlying government decision-making on Orange List countries, criticized ministers’ claims about the cost of testing, after Shapps said £ 10 tests were available. Labor said that according to the government approved list of providers, testing was only available at walk-in centers in Bradford and had since been removed from that list.