Bookings spike for Stansted Airport carrier Jet2 after Government eases Covid rules for travellers
Government changes to Covid-19 travel testing rules have resulted in a 150% increase in bookings for Stansted Airport's second largest airline.
From 4am on Friday (January 7), vaccinated travellers coming to England no longer have to take a test before they travel. And from Sunday (January 9), rather than taking a PCR test on day two after arrival, they can take a cheaper lateral flow test.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement that pre-departure testing in resort was being axed, as well as the scrapping of expensive PCR tests after arrival in England and Northern Ireland, caused an immediate 150% spike in demand for Jet2.com flights and Jet2holidays packages. The company, second only to Ryanair at Stansted, said bookings were returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Steve Heapy, chief executive of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, said: "The relaxation of travel restrictions is welcome news for both the travel industry and holidaymakers, and comes during what is traditionally a very busy period for holiday bookings.
"We have seen an immediate and dramatic spike in bookings, with volumes since the Government announcement heading towards pre-pandemic levels, which demonstrates just how much demand is out there amongst people wanting to get away for a much-needed holiday."
People coming to England who are not vaccinated must continue to take a pre-departure test, PCR tests on days two and eight, and self-isolate for 10 days.