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Tour operator on halftime dash to find planes after Canary Islands were removed from quarantine list


Tour operators looking to Canary Islands, Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark at halftime to find planes will be removed from the UK quarantine list, resulting in seating during school holidays

  • Due to the sudden surge in demand, airlines face a shortage of aircraft
  • Vacationers from the four areas no longer need to be quarantined
  • Easyjet has announced 180,000 additional seats in the Canary Islands

Tour operators are grappling with a shortage of aircraft at half-time after the Canary Islands, Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark were added to the government's safe travel list.

Vacationers from the Canary Islands, Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark no longer need to be quarantined as all four areas have been added to the list of air corridors.

Prices rose when passengers wanted to book flights quickly after the announcement.

A Ryanair flight to Tenerife, departing from London Stansted on Sunday and returning a week later, costs £ 596.61, while an EasyJet flight from Manchester to Tenerife costs £ 746.98 on the same days.

Tourists UK has returned to the Canaries after the islands were added to the Safe Travel List (Image: Tourists lining up in Lanzarote)

Travelers have rushed to book their first flights to the Canary Islands as the popular holiday destination has been added to the UK's quarantine-free list (Image: Gran Canaria).

Travelers have rushed to book their first flights to the Canary Islands as the popular holiday destination has been added to the UK's quarantine-free list (Image: Gran Canaria).

The Greek island of Mykonos was also added to the list of travel corridors (picture, file photo of Mykonos).

The Greek island of Mykonos was also added to the list of travel corridors (picture, file photo of Mykonos).

The majority of airlines are struggling to increase capacity due to the sudden surge in demand

The majority of airlines are struggling to increase capacity due to the sudden surge in demand

As airlines reduced the number of flights during the pandemic, demand suddenly spikes as they have been inundated with requests for next week – the end of the semester for most English schools.

Jet2 and easyJet announced that they would resume flights to the Canary Islands from next week as traffic on the Skyscanner flight website increased 137 percent in the 30 minutes following the 5pm announcement.

John Hays, who runs the tour operator Hays Travel, told the Guardian: “We made the number of bookings in the whole group twice as high as yesterday at the same time. But practically nobody flies. Prices rose when passengers wanted to book flights quickly after the announcement.

Nyhavn Harbor, Copenhagen, Denmark

Himandhoo, Maldives

Prices rose when passengers wanted to book flights quickly after the announcement (picture left in the port of Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark and right in Himandhoo, Maldives).

& # 39; The reports we are getting say that only (tour operator) Tui is available because they didn't cancel any flights.

"The other people, I was told, are rushing to build capacity, but the logistics of manning a plane at short notice is not as easy as you might think."

While airlines are struggling to increase capacity, Easyjet has announced 180,000 additional seats in the Canary Islands from November 2 to the end of March 2021. Tariffs start at £ 22.99.

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