Brits defying holiday quarantine warning as Ryanair reports surge in new bookings

Sunseeking Brits are ignoring the Government's quarantine proposals and bookings holidays abroad. Spain and Portugal appear to be the most popular destinations with airlines reporting a surge in bookings with Ryanair expecting  Boris Johnson to phase out plans to impose the two-week lockdown on anyone returning to the UK from abroad, which comes into force on June 8. Ryanair boss Micheal O'Leary reported a 'surge in bookings' with British holidaymakers defying the isolation threat.

The low-cost airline has confirmed plans to ramp up flights to 40 per cent of its normal schedule from July 1 after Spain announced it will welcome the return of tourists from the same date.

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Mr O'Leary suggested that flights from the UK and Ireland were likely to be at least 50-60 per cent full when they resume with passengers not worried about the quarantine threat, according to media in Spain. "The UK and Ireland will either quietly drop the quarantine plans or drop them as another easing measure in the next week or two. I am confident of that.

"We have seen a big surge in bookings on our flights out of Ireland and the UK to Spain, Portugal and Italy over the weekend, and that seems to be continuing this week." Ryanair flights will operate with new hygiene guidelines in place. These include all passengers having to wear face masks in airports and on board aircraft, and having to ask cabin crew for permission to use the toilet facilities to avoid queues.

Jet2 is also set to resume flights and holidays from the UK to Europe from July 1.

Tui has also delayed its proposed mid-June resumption delaying operations until the following month.

Hotels in resorts like Magaluf in Majorca have also announced plans to begin welcoming UK visitors from July.

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