Holiday bookings surge after lockdown exit plan – follow Covid live

Holiday bookings surge after lockdown exit plan – follow Covid live
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Chris Whitty calls on public to stick to the rules as lockdown eases

Airlines and travel firms have experienced a surge in demand for international bookings following Boris Johnson’s announcement that foreign holidays could be permitted by the end of May.

EasyJet said holiday bookings from Britain surged by more than 600 per cent week on week, while Tui, the UK’s largest tour operator, said it had its busiest day in more than a month as bookings were up by 500 per cent.

Meanwhile, business leaders warned financial support is “imperative” if the hospitality and entertainment sectors are to survive as restrictions are lifted.

Pub chiefs have said it will be “very difficult, if not impossible” to trade profitably once sites reopen in April under new rules allowing venues to serve…



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