Agent bookings have ‘fallen off a cliff” since quarantine restrictions were imposed on holidaymakers returning from Spain.

Advantage Travel Partnership chief executive Julia Lo Bue-Said outlined the negative impact the government action had in an interview with BBC Breakfast.

She said: “Our sales, after the air bridges were announced, were up 30% week-on-week, but since the weekend and the announcement on Spain, sales have fallen off a cliff.

“Our industry is at breaking point yet again.”

Addressing the 14-day quarantine requirement for Spain, the boss of the indpendent agents’ consortium said: “We get no advance notice, no consultation and no communication and it’s so frustrating to not be able to help our customers in the way we would like to.”

Her comments came as a petition calling for prime minister Boris Johnson to remove the Balearic and Canary islands from the UK  14-day quarantine was signed by more than 71,000 people.