By Laura Kemp • 28 April 2021 • 21:29
Jet2 Seeing "Huge Pent-Up Demand" From UK Travellers image: Jet 2 media
Jet2 is seeing ‘huge pent-up demand’ in flights for UK travellers to Spain amidst plans to reopen for tourists.
JET2 airline has said it is experiencing “huge pent-up demand” for holidays to Spain following the announcement on Wednesday that it would reopen to British tourists within weeks.
Fernando Valdés Verelst, Spain’s tourism minister, said he had been in “close conversations” with UK ministers over the plans, which will see UK citizens able to enter the country in June without a vaccine passport.
The airline has said that although it welcomes Mr Valdés Verelst’s comments, it still wants “clarity about when we can fly” from the UK Government.
Jet2 had to suspend flights up to June 23 because of a lack of clarity around the proposed ‘traffic light’ system from UK ministers.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: “We welcome the Spanish Minister of Tourism’s comments, and we know that our customers will be delighted to hear that Spain is ready to welcome UK holidaymakers this summer.
“From the huge pent-up demand we are seeing, we know how much our customers are looking forward to their much-needed holidays, and it is great to see the Spanish Government providing clarity.
“The UK Government has already demonstrated a clear ambition to reopen international travel, and we are very much ready to start flying customers on their holidays from June 24. Ahead of then, we look forward to clarity about when we can fly, where we can fly to, and how much a Covid-19 testing regime will cost.
“We know that travel can be started in a convenient, safe and secure way. We will continue to support the government to achieve this.”
According to a spokesperson from Skyscanner, a popular flight comparison site, there is particular interest in people wanting to travel to Spain, Turkey and Greece this summer.
“Whilst UK holidaymakers are still waiting for the green light to be able to travel again, we’ve certainly seen that travellers are tuned into the latest travel updates,” they said.
“European short-haul destinations are the order of the day for the summer months, with travellers looking to mainstay favourites Spain as well as rising destinations Greece and Turkey for that all-important dose of sea and sunshine.
“We expect to see destinations rise and fall in popularity depending on how easy and affordable they are to reach via corridors, and where testing and quarantine is minimal. It’s good news for those eager to get away this summer and book ahead as airlines look to be keeping prices low and flexible booking policies in place in order to entice travellers back to the skies.”
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