Skyscanner revealed the top 10 destinations where the British are booking flights following the announcement of the lockdown roadmap in England

Boris Johnson gave holidaymakers a silver lining by announcing government plans to pull England out of lockdown

Currently England bans international travel for leisure, which means it is illegal to go on vacation abroad.However, the policy on overseas travel is expected to be reviewed in April in the part of the lockdown roadmap and could resume from May 17 at the earliest

Unsurprisingly, travel agencies have noted an increase in flight and vacation bookings – and Skyscanner was no exception

The flight booking website said it saw a 55% increase in traffic to its website immediately after Boris unveiled the roadmap in the House of Commons on Monday, with flight bookings from UK travelers having increased by 69% compared to the previous day

As for the destination at the top of the list? It was in Spain that holidaymakers were keen to make deals, the country with the highest volume of bookings on Monday 22 February

This is not surprising given that Spain has been a favorite with British holidaymakers for decades thanks to its plethora of resorts, beautiful beaches and budget flights and packages

Short-haul destinations proved particularly popular with Greece, Turkey, Italy and Portugal, and even some UK domestic flights also made the cut, while there were a few long-haul destinations in Pakistan, the United States, India and Thailand

This is happening despite travel restrictions and ongoing quarantine rules – the US, for example, continues to keep its borders closed to anyone who has stayed in the UK within 14 days of travel ) You can check out the full list of top 10 destinations below

It should be noted that at the time of writing this article, travel restrictions are still in place and a number of factors will determine which destinations may reopen to Brits when these disappear

We’ve got a guide on everything you need to know if you’re planning to book a vacation now, to travel later this year

Hugh Aitken, vice president of flights at Skyscanner, said: “” It was good to see the potential reboot in international travel included in the government’s roadmap announcement yesterday

“Our data shows travelers are very well informed about updates regarding restrictions and, like the travel corridor announcements last year, we are seeing that this latest news is translating into increased demand travel

“That said, having clear, direct and timely information is essential to restore the confidence of travelers and the industry, especially with regard to quarantines and pre-departure testing.

“Ultimately, a combination of factors will be needed to unlock pent-up demand, including better global alignment with common international standards to enable people to plan a well-deserved vacation”

Where is the top of your list for a post-lockout break? Let us know in the comments below


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