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Phil Hopkins
Arts & Travel Editor
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8:00 AM 24th February 2021
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Jet2 Reports Bookings Surge Following PM Announcement

Summer bookings have seen a 1,000% surge following the Prime Minister’s announcement that lockdown could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the success of the vaccination programme.

Data from Jet2.com and Jet2holidays shows that Summer 21 bookings leapt in the 24 hours following the announcement, with bookings continuing to surge for destinations across the board including Mainland Spain, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.

There has also been a notable increase in bookings from July, which continues through the rest of the school holidays and Summer 21, says Jet2.

The company has 56 hotspots and leisure city destinations on sale from across their network of UK bases for Summer 21, and have seen the enormous pent-up demand for holidays to these destinations turn into bookings after the Prime Minister said a global travel taskforce would put forward a report on how to return to international travel.

The UK government announced that travel will not return until 17th May at the earliest, so Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have taken the decision to extend the suspension of flights and holidays up to and including 16th May.

Where customers yet to travel are affected by any programme changes, Jet2.com and Jet2holidays will automatically cancel their booking with a full refund, and their team of travel experts will be in touch to help them to book their summer getaway for later in the year.

Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have received praise from customers, consumer organisations, media and independent travel agents for their industry-leading and prompt refunding of over £1bn to customers whose travel plans have been affected by programme changes during the pandemic, and they will continue this customer-first approach.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: “We have seen enormous pent-up demand from British holidaymakers for some time, with people wanting nothing more than to get away to the sunshine and enjoy their well-deserved holidays. The government’s announcement is the news they have been longing for, and the continued surge in bookings shows how ready our customers are to get away to the sunshine on a real package holiday.

“We are very pleased that the government has shown clear ambition to reopen international travel in the coming months, and we look forward to more detail in due course. Throughout the pandemic, we have done absolutely everything to look after our valued customers and we have always said that the sun will shine for them once again. We know what an incredibly difficult time it has been for everyone, and we very much look forward to taking everyone from our rainy islands to their dream holiday choice this summer and beyond.”

For further information and to book visit www.jet2.com or www.jet2holidays.com