Jet 2 says that it has experienced a surge in demand for flights and holidays following the government’s decision to scrap arrivals testing for fully-vaccinated travellers.

The Leeds-based low-cost carrier reported “a notable increase in demand for holidays and flights across all seasons, particularly February half term, the Easter holidays and Summer 22”.

The group added that it had seen “enormous growth” in demand for travel the Eastern Mediterranean, “in particular Greece, Turkey and Cyprus”, while “traditional hotspots such as the Canary Islands, Balearic Islands, Mainland Spain, Italy and Portugal are selling strongly”.

The government’s announcement this week means that from 0400 on February 11, full-vaccinated travellers arriving into England will no longer need to take the so-called Day 2 test. Those who are not fully vaccinated will no longer need to take a Day 8 test, but will still be required to take the Day 2 test.

Commenting on the news Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays, said:

“Before yesterday’s (Monday) announcement demand was already strong, however bookings have jumped by another 30 per cent when compared with the previous week, demonstrating just how much of a game-changer the removal of all testing is for fully vaccinated holidaymakers.

“With international travel starting to look like it did before the pandemic, customers are jumping at the chance to book their flights and holidays.”

“Yesterday’s travel update is a real game-changer for the millions of people who simply want to get away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays. It means vaccinated customers can once again book and travel on the normal, hassle-free holidays that they know and love.

“We applaud the Government for taking meaningful action to end a set of measures which were not only unnecessary but also ineffective in tackling the spread of the Omicron variant. This should now represent a permanent end to such restrictions, and we know customers will celebrate that news.”