Holiday bookings surge in UK after lockdown exit plans revealed

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Airlines and travel companies have reported a surge in holiday bookings after the Boris Johnson announced his roadmap out of lockdown.

EasyJet, Tui and Thomas Cook all reported a jump in bookings to destinations including Spain and Greece after the prime minister said that international trips could potentially resume from 17 May, subject to review and assuming there is no resurgence in coronavirus and vaccination programmes go well.

The surge pushed shares in airlines and travel companies sharply higher on Tuesday. EasyJet and Tui were among the top risers on the FTSE 250, up 8% and 6% respectively. On the FTSE 100, British Airways’ owner International Airlines Group, was up 6%.

EasyJet said flight bookings from the UK jumped 337% and package holiday bookings surged 630% compared with a…

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