Airlines slash prices to just £ 15 in a bid to boost overseas travel
Airlines have cut prices to just £ 15 for mid-October flights to Europe in a bid to persuade full-fledged holidaymakers to take advantage of the reopening of overseas travel.
Mid-point flights to popular Spanish resorts, including Alicante and Tenerife, are up to 30% lower than pre-pandemic prices as airlines seek to energize the fall vacation market.
Low-cost airline EasyJet is offering flights in October from Luton to Fuerteventura, the second largest Canary Island, at £ 15.08 and £ 22.99 for UK flights to Malaga and Faro.
Skyscanner, which monitors prices and bookings, said there are also last-minute deals for Milan from £ 19, Nice from £ 41, Pisa from £ 51 and Barcelona from £ 98. .
It follows government announcement that pre-departure testing for returning holidaymakers will be dropped from October 4 and UK arrival PCR testing could be replaced with side-flow versions cheaper in time for the October semester.
“Prices for next summer are increasing”
“There are a lot of offers being added to the market for October and November to encourage people to fly back on the plane, but the prices for next summer are going up and are around 10% higher than this year,” said Paul Charles, director General of Travel Consulting The PC Agency.
The cost reduction appears to be more targeting urban destinations such as Milan, Lyon and Amsterdam, where demand is generally less than for seaside stays in late fall.
However, flights from Alicante cost an average of £ 125 for half a week, almost 30% less than the pre-pandemic fee of £ 164. Tenerife is similar with prices a third lower, at £ 227 from £ 299 before Covid and Malaga at £ 131 from £ 159.
This means that some vacationers who booked their flights earlier in the summer have seen prices drop below their original expenses.
Property developer Ian Dunckley and his wife Steph from Medbourne, Leicestershire paid £ 216 per easyJet flight from Luton to Faro for the first week of the October semester with children Hattie, 15, and Tom, 16.
“We knew it was a bet”
However, prices have since been reduced to less than £ 70. “We knew it was a bet booking in June and we had no idea what the situation was in October,” Ms. Dunckley said.
“But we are staying in a friend’s apartment so we didn’t have to worry about losing money on accommodation and we knew that if we couldn’t fly easyJet would honor our flights and suspend our booking for the ski season or our next vacation. “
Travel experts have warned, however, that prices could rise if demand increases and seats are regularly occupied. It already appears to have reached the business flight market for popular resorts.
High school teacher Simon Hare revealed that the two return flights he booked a month ago to Madrid in business class BA for Covid reasons due to the extra space had doubled from 567 £.
“I checked to see how many they were when the traffic light system was ditched and the exact same flights were priced over £ 1,300,” he said.
Skyscanner Pricing Expert Gavin Harris said, “Now more than ever, it’s in the best interests of travelers and the industry to keep prices as competitive as possible in order to boost travel.
“Travel prices always fluctuate after any major travel announcements, and this is also true for pre-pandemic periods, for example if a new route opens.
“What happens is that there is a short period of time for prices to adjust to new levels of demand, and then they usually go back to where they were before the announcement.”