After an absence from the Costa del Sol of almost 16 months, with the exception of just twelve days last July, the British airline Jet2.com will resume flights from the UK to Malaga on Monday (19 July).
It will do so after Wednesday’s confirmation that the British Government will allow holidaymakers to travel to amber-list destinations without the need for quarantine on return to England if they have been fully vaccinated by the NHS, although they will still be required to take PCR tests.
The fifth most important airline at Malaga airport, which carried almost one million passengers to the Costa del Sol in the year before the pandemic, will resume services with a flight from Leeds - to be repeated on the 22, 23, 24 and 25 July - and another from Birmingham, on 23 and 24 July as well as on Monday.
Jet2.com has said that, initially, 19 services have been scheduled from its UK bases to Spain, flying from Newcastle and from the East Midlands Airport from 22 July; Manchester (23 July); London Stansted airport (24 July); Glasgow (31 July) and Edinburgh (7 August).
The company has said that these flights are already available on their website, but that the programme is constantly being reviewed due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.
Ryanair and easyJet have already announced extra seats to fly to the Costa del Sol from Monday.
One hundred hotels
The return of Jet2 is eagerly awaited on the coast where the package holiday company worked with around one hundred hotels in the province before the worldwide coronavirus crisis.
Jet2.com said, "There is a desire to return to the Costa del Sol and there is a high demand from the British."
The United Kingdom is the most important market for Malaga airport, accounting for 30 per cent of arrivals. The hotel sector on the coast would normally expect the same percentage of British visitors to fill its rooms.
At the same time as British reservations increase, the number of cancellations from Germans, Belgians and now the Dutch - who have added Spain to the travel red list - are worrying the hotel sector.
"We have more uncertainty than ever and at the worst time," explained the head of the coast’s hoteliers association. Aehcos forecasts that July will end with an occupancy rate of 58 per cent.