Jet2 boosts winter capacity as demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

More winter capacity is being added to the Canary Islands and Turkey by and Jet2holidays with demand returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Additional flights to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Antalya and Dalaman will run from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted.

The expansion follows recent capacity hikes from for this month in time for school half-term after the government relaxed international travel curbs alongside the replacement of day two PCR tests with lateral flow tests.

The company is offering 43 winter sun, ski and city destinations from across ten UK bases.

Chief executive Steve Heapy said: “Customers are recognising that international travel is genuinely reopening following the welcome news from the government on lateral flow tests, and we have seen winter demand from holidaymakers returning to pre-pandemic levels.

“As such, our winter sun programme is looking very busy, with customers flocking to get that much-needed holiday booked in after facing lockdowns and harsh travel restrictions for so long.

“In response to that demand, we have added an even greater choice of flights for winter 2021-22 to our most popular destinations in the Canary Islands and Turkey, giving customers and independent travel agents even more opportunity to enjoy a break this winter.”

With customers missing out for so long, it’s not too late to get away to the sun and enjoy our award-winning customer service. There are some great deals available for some Winter Sun, and we are confident that these extra flights will prove very popular, as customers jump at the chance to book and travel on their well-deserved holidays once again.”

Meanwhile, Travel Counsellors global sales director Jim Eastwood reported the highest ever trading week since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, with UK leisure and corporate bookings increasing to 112% and 66% of the 2019 financial year, respectively.

“With the recent government announcement that lateral flow testing will now replace PCR testing for vaccinated travellers returning from low-risk countries, customer confidence in travel continues to grow,” he said.

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