August is key month.

British travel companies said today that most Britons were booking their holidays for August and September as they took a gamble on the easing of the Covid restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday that international holidays would be possible this summer which led to a surge in holiday bookings to Mallorca with August being key.

A travel source told Bulletin online: "Most holiday bookers over the last 24 hours have gone for August because they believe that by then most of the restrictions will have been eased..."

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Andrew Flintham, the managing director of Tui UK and Ireland, said: “The announcement from the prime minister was positive and shows that by working with the travel industry on a risk-based framework our customers will have the opportunity to travel abroad this summer. We will continue to work closely with the government so people can look forward to a well-deserved break away, after what has been a very difficult year for many.”

Thomas Cook said website traffic was up by 75% on Monday and bookings tripled from the day before. Turkey was the No 1 destination followed by Greece and Cyprus, but people also booked long-haul breaks to Dominican Republic and Mexico. The company said customers were also booking well into 2022. “It felt like the cork had popped on all that pent-up demand for holidays,” a spokesperson said.

The tour operator Jet2holidays and the Jet2 carrier said summer bookings had leapt 600% since Monday afternoon, compared with this time last week, to mainland Spain and its islands, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey.