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World Green list change prompts holiday pricing chaos

15:35  25 june  2021
15:35  25 june  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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The prices of flights and hotels for new green list travel destinations have swung sharply in both directions since the guidance was changed on Thursday.

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The government added 16 destinations to the list. Travellers returning from these do not have to isolate on return.

Destinations include Spain's Balearic Islands and Malta, and some holidays have doubled in price, the Independent's travel editor Simon Calder said.

Airlines have added extra capacity.

When these new flights initially become available, prices have fallen as extra supply takes up the demand.

But this has proved to be short-lived in many cases: "Availability is changing by the minute," said Mr Calder.

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"Immediately after the announcement there was still quite a lot of keenly priced flights and holidays, but we're back down to 'last seat' showing."

"Madeira and Malta, for example, were looking pretty reasonable, but then things really took off. Unless you're sitting in front of a screen there's no way of gauging which trend line you're on," he added.

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The latest list changes:

The destinations added to the green list from 04:00 BST on 30 June are:

Europe: The Balearic Islands (which include Ibiza, Menorca, Majorca and Formentera), Malta and Madeira

Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Turks and Caicos Islands

Other British Overseas Territories: Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory and Pitcairn

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Six destinations will also be added to the government's red list on 30 June. They are the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Haiti, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda.

BA told the BBC it was reviewing its schedule and had added some additional flights and upgraded some routes to larger aircraft, for example to Malta and the Balearic Islands.

EasyJet said it was also adding seats and holiday packages and new routes, also focussing on Malta and the Balearics.

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New routes to Malta from Bristol and Luton will launch next month and offer some seats at £27.99.

Jet2holidays, which runs holidays to the Canary Islands, said there had been a "huge surge" in bookings.

It reported the highest volume of bookings to the Balearic Islands in almost a year, with bookings for July alone up more than 3,000%.

Bookings for Malta and Madeira also jumped by almost 1,500%.

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Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have put more than 70 additional flights on sale to Malta and Madeira with immediate effect and is also adding a new route to Malta from London Stansted.

Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: "We knew there was a lot of pent up demand out there but the response from our customers has been truly incredible. Bookings to Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Malta and Madeira have gone through the roof, which shows just how much UK holidaymakers want to get away.

"We have already added more flights in response to that demand, and we are geared up and ready to restart flights and holidays on July 1."

Simon Calder said: "It's now a matter of 'can you time it right' so you go in just when the new flight goes on.

"If you do you can still get a bargain. Otherwise you are competing with people prepared to spend many of hundreds of pounds to get away to what are, after all, still a very small number of destinations compared with normal years."

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