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Last night, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the Canary Islands, Maldives, Denmark and the Greek island of Mykonos would be removed from the quarantine list. The move has sparked holiday hope for Britons who have been largely restricted due to the UK quarantine rules and entry restrictions put in place by other countries. Bookings have reportedly surged for holidays to the Canary Islands since last night’s announcement.
The islands have been known to be a popular choice among Britons in the winter months due their warm climate.
However, Britons should be aware that the Balearic Islands and mainland Spain are still on the UK’s quarantine list.
Flights to the islands have already seen a surge in price.
Reportedly, flights to Lanzarote jumped from £100 to £179 in less than 24 hours.
Comparison site Skyscanner said they saw a 100 percent increase in traffic to their website after the announcement.
Jo McClintock, Brand Director at Skyscanner said: “The Canaries are a popular mainstay for British travellers, pre Covid–19 the islands offering year-round sunshine regularly featured in our top ten booked destinations.
“The addition of the Canaries to the quarantine exemption list ahead of the English half term holidays will be well received by our travellers.”
Hays Travel has also seen a surge in visits to the Canary Islands section of their website.
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Visits to the section on their site increased by a massive 754 percent from October 21 to October 22.
The biggest increase in searches was for Tenerife with beach spots Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje and Playa De Las Americas being the most popular.
Hays Travel will be resuming holidays to the Canary Islands from October 24 from Manchester, with flights from Newcastle available from October 30.
Following the latest travel corridor announcement, British Airways Holidays has announced a new offer to those looking for a holiday in the Canary Islands.
The new offer offers customers the chance to save £100 on holidays to the Canary Islands.
But travellers better be quick as the offer runs out at midnight on October 27.
The offer applies to new holiday package bookings where a minimum spend of £1,500 or more on an Economy holiday booking.
TUI announced it will also be resuming flights to the Canary Islands from Saturday.
The company’s director Andrew Flintham said addition of the islands on the travel corridor list was a “positive step forward for our business.”
He also urged ministers to continue to work with the travel sector on airport testing so other destinations can be opened up to Britons.
He added: “We must move away, where possible, from the anxiety our industry faces waiting for the new list of places people can travel to each week.
“This level of uncertainty is damaging for business and all those employed in our industry.”
Thomas Cook also added holidays to the Canaries on its website.
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