Spain holidays most popular with British tourists as people ‘desperate’ to get away

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New research from easyJet has revealed that Britons are planning to spend more than ever on holidays this year. A third are planning to spend £1,000 more than normal.

An easyJet spokesperson said: “More than half of Brits say they plan on taking two or more holidays this year.”

It found that “50 percent” of travellers said they would go on more holidays in 2022 than they normally would.

easyJet said: “A third are planning to spend £1,000 more than usual on their 2022 holidays as a result of having had their travel plans disrupted by travel restrictions across Europe.

“Nearly half of those surveyed plan on going on a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ this year to make up for the past two years of less travelling, with around two thirds prioritising a trip abroad in 2022.”

The research comes as the UK Government scrapped the pre-departure test rule. Britons now only need to take a lateral flow test on or before day after arrival in the UK.

In the hours following the Government announcement, the airline said it saw UK bookings boosted by almost 200 percent compared to last week.

Tenerife, Alicante, Malaga and Lanzarote were among the most popular Spanish destinations booked by Britons.

The Balearics have also seen an increase in demand according to the TravelgateX booking platform.

Sophie Dekkers, chief commercial officer at easyJet, said: “We know that there is pent up demand with many desperate to get away this year, which we continue to see each time restrictions are removed.

“This survey further underlines the fact that people want to make up for lost time as soon as they can and so we welcome the Government’s decision to remove the unnecessary and costly pre-departure testing for travellers, now only requiring one lateral flow test on arrival.

“This will make travel much simpler and easier and means our customers can book with confidence and are hopeful that completely restriction free travel will return soon.

“With low fares, so many fantastic destinations and leading flexibility, now is a great time to book with easyJet.

“We are excited about our plans for next summer, which should see us return to 2019 levels of capacity and beyond.”

The move to replace day two PCR tests with lateral flows should see travellers save money on holidays.

Although British tourists will still need to pay for lateral flow tests, they are usually much cheaper.

British travellers will need to take a lateral flow test on or before day two after arrival in the UK.

They must book the tests with a Government approved provider which can be found on the UK Government website.

During the pandemic, far fewer Britons travelled abroad with many opting for a staycation in the UK.

This year, the Lake District is proving more popular than Cornwall when it comes to staycation bookings.

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