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easyJet sees bookings take off following the latest UK Traffic Light announcement as Brits flock to get last

  • Flight bookings from the UK have seen a surge since the UK government announcement, with leisure trips to Alicante, Majorca and Faro among the top destinations and October proving the most popular time for travel
  • In the coming days easyJet will be adding a further 51,000 seats for departures from the UK to beach destinations for October
  • High demand for flights to ski destinations in the New Year, with the top destinations being Geneva from Manchester, London Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and London Gatwick
  • easyJet holidays has seen a surge in demand, with families in particular booking for October half term with breaks to Majorca, Antalya, Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh leading the way. There is also an increase in city break bookings, with holidaymakers happier to go away for shorter periods of time now they won’t incur additional testing costs
  • easyJet continue to provide flexibility for flights through its Protection Promise, including fee-free flight changes to any date or destination up to 2 hours before departure

easyJet has seen UK bookings surge within hours of the UK Government confirmation that from 4 October, fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be required to take a PDT (pre-departure test) to return to the UK from non-red list countries. Flight bookings for the late summer season increased significantly, with beach resorts among top destinations for this autumn and travel in October proving most popular, suggesting that Brits are keen to book a late summer break getaway.

Alicante, Majorca, and Tenerife in Spain and Faro in Portugal are proving to be the most popular destinations for travel in October. In the coming days easyJet will be adding a further 51,000 seats for departures from the UK to beach destinations for October.

With Turkey no longer on the Red list, extra seats have been added on flights from across the UK, including London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol Airports to Dalaman, a destination known for its natural coves, beautiful turquoise waters and protected natural park. Flights are also available to Antalya, a destination known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean that offers a mix of golden beaches, blue waters, ancient ruins and traditional Turkish experiences. Great value fares are still to be had with flights available to Turkey from just £22.99* at easyJet.com.

easyJet has also seen strong early demand for ski destinations for the New Year, with the top destinations being Geneva from Manchester, London Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool and London Gatwick. As the UK’s largest ski airline, easyJet will be flying over 1 million seats this winter to top ski destinations including Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon, Salzburg, Turin and Innsbruck.

easyJet operates 325 routes from the UK to 94 destinations across 35 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from the UK and is one of the UK leading operators to European Green and Amber list destinations, with nearly two million seats still available for a late summer getaway.

All customers booking flights with easyJet and holidays with easyJet holidays benefit from industry-leading flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’, which means that customers can book now with confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking. 

Sophie Dekkers, Chief Commercial Officer for easyJet, said:

“Every time restrictions have been relaxed or removed we have seen pent up demand and this is no exception. We have seen a huge surge in bookings since the move by the government to disband the traffic light system, take away the pre-departure test and remove popular summer sun destinations from the Red list. With Brits scrambling for last minute summer sun, particularly over the October half term, we are putting on even more flights to the most popular beach hot spots to serve this added demand. 

“Flexibility remains important to our customers and so we continue to offer our industry leading Protection Promise which includes fee free flight changes to any date or destination up to two hours before departure.”

Great value deals are still available for easyJet flights and holidays from across the UK to Turkey:

From London Gatwick:

easyJet is operating flights to Antalya up to two times a week with fares available from just £30.99* and seven-night package holidays available from just £213* per person on easyJet.com/holidays.

easyJet is operating flights to Dalaman up to three times a week with fares available from just £37.99* and seven-night package holidays available from just £213* per person on easyJet.com/holidays.

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Julian Club Hotel, on an all inclusive basis for £459 per person, including flights from Gatwick airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on 14 October 2021. Book with easyJet holidays at easyjet.com/en/holidays

From London Luton:

easyJet is operating flights to Dalaman twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays with fares available from just £25.99*

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Mirage World Hotel, Dalaman, on an all inclusive basis for £429 per person, including flights from Luton airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on 10 October 2021.

From Bristol Airport:

easyJet is operating flights to Dalaman twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays with fares available from just £32.99* and seven-night package holidays available from just £271* per person on easyJet.com/holidays.

From Manchester Airport:

easyJet is operating flights to Antalya up to two times a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays with fares available from just £26.99

easyJet is operating flights to Dalaman twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays with fares available from just £28.99

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 4* Numa Konaktepe Hotel, Antalya, on an all inclusive basis for £429 per person, including flights from Manchester airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on 12 October 2021. Book with easyJet holidays at easyjet.com/en/holidays

From John Lennon Liverpool:

easyJet is operating flights to Antalya on Thursdays with fares available from just £40.99

easyJet is operating flights to Dalaman twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays with fares available from just £25.99*

easyJet holidays offers seven nights at the 5* Ideal Prime Beach, Dalaman on an all inclusive basis for £519 per person, including flights from Liverpool airport, 23kg of luggage per person and transfers on 15 October 2021. Book with easyJet holidays at easyjet.com/en/holidays

easyJet has partnered with approved testing firms across Europe so that customers can get access to convenient and affordable testing, including PCR tests from £43 if required for their trip when they book flights and holidays at easyJet.com. The airline has also launched a travel insurance policy which includes COVID-19 cover as standard. The new COVID-19 travel insurance will cover customers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 ahead of a trip, providing the necessary rearrangements or refunds, as well as cover to customers for any required medical care if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip. Customers who are unable to return home due to being diagnosed with the virus are also covered for additional accommodation, necessary medical assistance, and the cost of returning home safely.

The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJet’s highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.

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