EasyJet holidays has put its 2022 spring and summer holiday programme on sale early citing a "surge in demand" after the government revealed its roadmap plotting a course out of the country’s Covid lockdown.
The airline has also puts its spring 2022 flight programme on sale, and is currently offering 19 million seats across 111,000 flights departing up to 31 May 2022; fares lead in from £14.99pp.
Meanwhile, easyJet holidays’ 2022 beach breaks lead in from £249pp, with free child places available on many package trips.
It comes after easyJet confirmed earlier this month it would add 15 new routes for the summer 2021 peak season, including Newquay, and 10 new holiday routes from Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Belfast and Gatwick.
On Monday (22 February), Boris Johnson said international travel would restart on 17 May at the earliest, with a reconvened Global Travel Taskforce due to report on how this can be achieved safely by 12 April.
As a result, easyJet said summer flight bookings and holiday bookings were up 337% and 630% respectively compared to last week, although neither the airline nor its operator division offered specific figures.
Beach resorts in Dalaman, Malaga, Alicante, Palma, Faro and Crete have so far proved most popular, with August being the most commonly booked month followed by July and then September.
Ali Gayward, easyJet UK country manager, said Monday’s roadmap announcement had provided "a much-needed boost in confidence", adding the airline protection promise would ensure flexibility in the event of any changes necessitated by Covid.
"While the summer may be a little while off, we will be working around the clock to ensure we will be ready to ramp up our flights to reconnect friends and family or take them on a long-awaited holiday."
Paul Bixby, easyJet holidays commercial director, added the operator would offer 45 new hotels, as well as "thousands" of free child places.
EasyJet holidays’ 10 new destinations include Enfidha in Tunisia and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, boosting its package holiday programme to more than 100 destinations offering in excess of 5,000 hotels across 500 resorts.
Deposits start from £60pp; holidays can be paid in fee-free instalments, with balances due 28 days before travel.