Holiday Extras predicts summer holiday ‘goldrush’

Analysis conducted by Holiday Extras has found that 93.2% of people who took a flight in 2019 plan to fly again this year.

Its research was released after the government confirmed it would remove the requirement for fully vaccinated travellers to take a test on their arrival in the UK from Febraury 11.

The add-ons specialist expects holiday prices to increase due to reduced capacity and with many potential bookers not having been away for more than two years.

Data from customers, polled in December and January, shows ski bookings in 2022 for Switzerland and Austria are up 10% compared to 2019.

Ski bookings for France, however, are down 30% – which Holiday Extras put down to the restrictions on Britons entering the country which have since been relaxed. Bookings for Turkey and Mexico are up by 22% and 50% respectively, compared with 2019.

Holiday Extras says popularity has also increased for trips to island destinations, including the Canaries, the Caribbean, Cape Verde, the Maldives and Madeira.

Chief growth officer David Norris said: “This summer is going to see a goldrush for holidays as everyone heads for the sun – in many cases for the first time in three years.

“As the last Covid rule is on its way out, canny holidaymakers will be buying up the rooms, the flights and the sunbeds early before everything gets more expensive this summer – so don’t get left out.”

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