World Green list change prompts holiday pricing chaos
Juneteenth bill passes House, set to become 11th federal holiday
A bill to make Juneteenth Independence Day a federal holiday passed the House on Wednesday and will head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. © Provided by Washington Examiner The bill would make June 19 the 11th federal legal public holiday. Also known as Emancipation Day or Jubilee Day, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States marked by Major General Gordon Granger arriving in Galveston Bay, Texas, with 2,000 Union troops to issue an order on June 19, 1865, that said "all slaves are free" under the Emancipation Proclamation.
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.
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.
Congress just voted to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Here's why the campaign took decades.
For years attempts to make it a permanent federal holiday have been repeatedly shut down by political debates Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. To many Black Americans, Juneteenth holds far more historical and cultural significance than other official holidays. Often called Emancipation Day, or Freedom Day, Juneteenth is a symbol of both generational trauma and progress in America from its long history of slavery. Although 47 states and the District of Columbia already recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday, efforts at federal recognition have stalled in Congress year after year, until now.
"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.
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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Before Juneteenth became an official federal holiday, 94-year-old Opal Lee was on a mission. © courtesy Larry Don Miller Jr Activist Opal Lee is at the center of Juneteenth becoming a national holiday. Known as the "Grandmother of Juneteenth," her mission pushed the day to become federally recognized. "I'm not just going to sit and rock, you know?" the determined "Grandmother of Juneteenth" told CNN. "The Lord is going to have to catch me.
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.
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%.
Black Americans laud Juneteenth holiday, say more work ahead
WASHINGTON (AP) — Black Americans rejoiced Thursday after President Joe Biden made Juneteenth a federal holiday, but some said that, while they appreciated the recognition at a time of racial reckoning in America, more is needed to change policies that disadvantage too many of their brethren. “It’s great, but it’s not enough,” said Gwen Grant, president and CEO of the Urban League of Kansas City. Grant said she was delighted by the quick vote this week by Congress to make Juneteenth a national holiday because “it's been a long time coming.”But she added that “we need Congress to protect voting rights, and that needs to happen right now so we don't regress any further.
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."
Declaration of Juneteenth holiday sparks scramble in states .
Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness this week in approving Juneteenth as a national holiday. That shifted the battle to the states, where the holiday faces a far less enthusiastic response. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo, demonstrators march through downtown Orlando, Fla., during a Juneteenth event. Congress and President Joe Biden acted with unusual swiftness Thursday, June 17, 2021, in approving Jun That sent many states scrambling to clarify their policies on the celebration of slavery’s end.