and Jet2holidays have seen bookings for Turkey double since the country’s tourism minister said UK holidaymakers would be welcome this summer without the need for vaccine certificates yesterday.

The UK’s second largest operator has put more than 100 additional flights to Turkey on sale in response to the surge in demand.

Extra capacity has been added to Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman with additional flights operating from late-June to late-October, with a focus on the late-summer season.

The operator reported a 1,000% rise in bookings in the 24 hours following the prime minister’s roadmap announcement on February 22, and similar spikes of bookings to Greece and Cyprus when the countries announced plans to welcome British holidaymakers this year.

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Steve Heapy, chief executive of and Jet2holidays, said: “Turkey has continued to be a popular choice, and the welcome news that UK holidaymakers can enjoy the Turkish sunshine this summer has translated into an immediate rush of bookings.

“We already have fantastic choice on sale to Turkey from across our network of UK bases, and these additional flights and holidays come in direct response to the demand that we have been seeing.

“Once again, customers are telling us that they want to get away, and once again we are quick to respond to that – giving customers and independent travel agents even more choice when it comes to getting away on a real package holiday.”

Heapy added: “We know our customers want to get away and we know that our destinations are keen to welcome them.

“The UK government has shown that there is a clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months and we look forward to more detail in due course.

“This week marks one year since international travel was first shut down because of the pandemic, and there are sunnier skies ahead. As soon as travel reopens, we will be ready to take our customers on their well-deserved holidays.”