One of the most popular low-cost airlines in Europe, EasyJet, has seen bookings leap an incredible 250 percent when compared with last year.
"We know that people want to go on holiday as soon as they can," commented EasyJet’s Chief Executive Johan Lundgren to the BBC. And he added that May is currently the most popular month for holiday bookings.
And the key for the optimism in travel again this year seems to be the Covid-19 vaccine. The UK and all of the European Union are well into the vaccination process. With Lundgren commenting that the vaccine was "undoubtedly the key to unlocking travel again.”
Airlines, and especially UK based airlines, have just experienced the toughest 12 months in the aviation industry. The Covid-19 pandemic meant a worldwide lockdown, and UK airlines have had to deal with the confusion and uncertainty of Brexit. Last year airlines, including EasyJet, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, announced thousands of job cuts and scrapped some routes.
But 2021 has, at least for the travel industry, started with some much needed optimism. “We have been pleased to see that some customers are making plans for their summer holidays now, with EasyJet holidays bookings for summer 21 up 250 percent, compared to the same time last year, and with May currently proving to be the most popular month for holiday bookings at the moment," confirmed Lundgren.