Inghams has suspended all holidays departing up to and including May 17 in response to the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The operator reported an uplift in summer bookings since prime minister Boris Johnson gave the provisional dates for easing restrictions.

It promised to offer affected customers a full refund or rebook their trip to a later date.

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To stimulate bookings for May 18 onwards, the operator – a specialist in holidays to European lakes and mountains – is accepting final balances as little as four weeks out from departure.

Joe Ponte, chief executive of parent company Hotelplan UK, said: “In line with the UK government’s roadmap, we have suspended all Inghams holidays departing up until, and on 17 May 2021.

“As we continue to look to do right by our customers, those impacted by this news will be offered a full refund or the chance to move their booking to a later date. This is in keeping with our ‘In Safe Hands’ promise, which continues to offer customers that extra piece of mind, flexibility and reassurance that their money is protected when booking with us.”

Ponte added: “Since the most recent government announcement, we have seen an uplift in summer bookings, with a larger proportion of our customers opting for longer holidays than in previous years.

He said Inghams summer holidays are available to book from £155 per person.