The roadmap has given the public hope that a stay abroad this summer is a real possibility

The roadmap for ending the lockout announced by the government has given the best indication of the resumption of international flights and the start of holidays abroad

Currently under lockdown restrictions, people living in England are not allowed to travel overseas on vacation, but as lockdown restrictions ease there may well be more travel options. p>

In the Monday February 23 announcement, the government said its goal was to see a “safe and sustainable” return to international travel

However, while he would like to see vaccinated people travel more freely abroad, there is currently no system in place to allow this to happen in the “near future”

With that in mind, it is understood that international travel could resume on May 17

Before any final decisions are made, the Ministry of Transport will launch a task force that will look at overseas travel goals and report to the Prime Minister on April 12

While foreign travel rules are still pending, that hasn’t stopped holidaymakers from booking vacations since yesterday’s announcement

Airlines and travel agents have reported a surge in bookings as people climb to ensure they are on the first flights from Heathrow and Gatwick

UK’s largest tour operator Tui has confirmed a 500% increase in overnight bookings with strong demand for Greece, Spain and Turkey

Andrew Flintham, Managing Director of TUI UK & Ireland said: “The Prime Minister’s announcement was positive and shows that by working with the travel industry on a risk-based framework, our clients will have the possibility of traveling abroad this summer”

The company has also confirmed that vacationers who need to travel between May 17 and the end of June can change their booking at a later date for free

EasyJet says its flight bookings for the summer season have increased 337% and its vacation bookings have increased by 630%

The low cost airline said Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Crete were among the top destinations and August is the most popular time to travel

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Airlines will also be bracing for more flights from the end of June, as it is hoped that people will be able to travel abroad Although flights abroad can theoretically start in May, from many people start booking from the end of June, when it is hoped that all lockdown restrictions will be lifted

After a miserable year, Heathrow and Gatwick will pray that summer brings thousands of travelers back to airports

According to Skyscanner there are scheduled flights to many destinations around the world on June 21st from Heathrow Airport

These include France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Malta, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Croatia, Cyprus, United States, South Africa , Mexico, Thailand, the Caribbean, Kenya and Sri Lanka

Skyscanner also offers regular flights out of Gatwick on June 21st after months of very few flights to and from Gatwick

Destinations displayed now include Malta, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, United States, Tunisia and the Caribbean

Although airlines and vacation companies are selling flights and vacations this spring and summer, the government has given no final date for lifting restrictions on international travel

With the spread of variants, a real possibility may still elapse before the British can travel abroad again


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