surinenglish bookings soar 600 per cent after the UK announces the roadmap for travel abroad

Passengers disembark at the airport. File photograph.
Passengers disembark at the airport. File photograph. / SUR
  • The airline has also announced the opening of a new base in the UK with flights to ten airports in Spain

The fifth most important airline flying passengers to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, has said that customer bookings soared by 600 per cent in one night after the UK prime minister Boris Johnson outlined his road map for easing coronavirus restrictions.

Yesterday (22 February) Johnson revealed that international travel and holidays could be allowed after 17 May, although this provisional date will be subject to review. And the UK government's Global Travel Taskforce will also reconvene to issue a report by 12 April recommending exactly how international trips can resume safely., together with its operator Jet2holidays, said that Spanish destinations lead the demand and "Spain is one of the countries that is benefiting the most from this confidence boost".

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, claimed, “We had been seeing an increase in bookings for weeks now, but yesterday's announcement has generated great confidence among our customers and their desire for a getaway and a vacation after so many months of confinement.

“We will continue to wait for more details and, in the meantime, we will be there for our customers as we have been throughout this time."

The company has once again reviewed its flight scheduling and said that “all the protocols for changing reservations or returns will remain active as they have been up to now, practices that have led the airline to be praised by the press and customers for its excellent management and customer service during the pandemic”.

New UK base with direct flights to fourteen airports in Spain has also taken the opportunity to announce that it will debut its tenth base this summer, in Bristol, from which it will offer flights to ten Spanish airports, and that it will join those already operating in Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, East Midlands, London-Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast, with direct flights to fourteen airports in Spain.

In 2019 the airline handled 964,123 passengers at the Costa del Sol airport. As a package tour operator it works on the coast with around a hundred hotels. Both suspended their operations on the Costa when the United Kingdom ordered a quarantine for travellers arriving from Spain, towards the end of July 2020.