Desperate travel firms issue cheap holiday deals to lure nervous Brits abroad

Sun-starved Brits are set be tempted abroad by a "flood" of cheap package holidays and bargain airline seats in a bid to boost the travel industry. Ahead of travel restrictions being lifted, companies are slashing the prices in an attempt to restore confidence amongst reluctant travellers. Ryanair flights to Malaga now cost less than GBP20 return, whilst an all-inclusive holiday to Golden Sands in Bulgaria for seven nights costs GBP346 per person with TUI.

And a seven night trip to Rhodes in Greece with easyJet is on sale for GBP307pp with flights, hotel and transfer included.

Travel firms have been cutting prices by up to two thirds
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Meanwhile, a seven night all-inclusive trip to Portugal with lastminute.com has been advertised for GBP578. It come as Brits may be able to squeeze in a holiday to Europe this summer as No10 considers plans to relax coronavirus border restrictions. Agreements between Britain and popular holiday destinations could allow people to bypass quarantine restrictions whilst travelling abroad.

Travel experts says that prices will stay low once restrictions are loosened as companies try to persuade Brits to board a plane. "The key for the industry in the short term is restoring consumer confidence and getting people to book," Paul Charles, who runs a travel consultancy, told The Times. "Airlines will be looking to pump-prime the market, which will result in a flood of cheap seats as they try to persuade people to fly again."

The new quarantine measures - requiring nearly all arrivals to the UK to isolate for two weeks from today - has been widely criticised. But an agreement with the EU's 27 countries could allow Brits to travel abroad via approved 'travel corridors' to the Continent. One senior government figure told The Sun: "Designing international travel corridors is very complex, not least because they are a cross-Whitehall problem.

"The aim is to have the first ones in place by mid-July, and one with the EU will be the first." Official Foreign & Commonwealth Office advice still states: "The FCO advises British nationals against all but essential international travel." But last night, the government confirmed that the advice was being reviewed.

A new note has appeared alongside the FCO advice which states: "This advice is being kept under constant review". Speaking about the quarantine on Good Morning Britain, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary said the airline has seen bookings rise for this summer He said: "The British people, their families, typically who go on holidays abroad in July and August, they're travelling.

"Our bookings this weekend doubled, particularly in the month of July. "I don't think anybody in the UK is bothered by, interested in or worried at all by what even the Home Office admit is a useless quarantine." Nearly all people arriving in England have to supply contact details, travel details and the address of where they will self-isolate.

Border Force officials will carry out spot checks at the border and can impose fines on travellers who refuse to comply.

Anyone failing to provide details or breaching self-isolation could be fined up to GBP1,000.

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