British airline Easyjet announced a 337% surge in bookings from the UK within hours of government announcements about reopening the economy thanks to the ebb of the virus.
“We have seen a persistent reserve demand for travel and this jump in bookings shows that the signal from the government to reopen (international) travel was what consumers expected,” commented Johan Lundgren, general manager of the low-cost company.
Easyjet also notes in its press release published late Monday evening that reservations for stays have soared by 630% compared to recent weeks thanks to customers who want to “make up for lost time”.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday to aim for a return to near normal for the summer, presenting a deconfinement strategy that he wants “prudent” but “irreversible” and which will begin with the reopening of schools in early March.
Shares in the travel sector were up sharply on the London Stock Exchange on Tuesday in the wake of the announcements.
The airline industry has been one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and the business restriction measures to stem it, which have resulted in a slump in traffic since last March, with a brief recovery this summer.
Easyjet had recorded a collapse in its turnover in the first quarter of its staggered fiscal year and plans to use only 10% of its capacity of use in the current quarter, because of the confinement in England and the multiple restrictions on international travel.
The most bereaved country in Europe with nearly 121,000 dead, the United Kingdom confined itself for the third time at the start of the year, in the face of an explosion of the epidemic due to a more contagious variant that appeared in the south of England, which brought hospitals to the brink of submersion.
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