THE bosses of low-cost airlines easyJet and Ryanair have said flights to green list destinations will not increase in price in the next few months – which is great news for families wanting to go abroad this summer.
EasyJet's chief executive Johan Lundgren said that while pricing reacts to demand, he explained that increasing capacity will stop them going up.
Speaking at Gatwick Airport on the first day that people in England and Wales have been allowed to go on holiday abroad, he said: "We have prices that start from £28.99 so you're always going to find flights that are exceptionally affordable and provide a lot of value for money.
"So the pricing is very dynamic as well, and we would like to ensure that we can get as much capacity out there to support the demand that we know is there.
"Travel comes out as the number one thing that people want to do most in the pandemic and in lockdown, so it's not about a lack of demand.
"It all comes down to restrictions and to make sure that those can be (unwound) so that we can start travelling at a larger scale."
However, he also said that the government need to add "most of Europe" to the travel green list as soon as possible, with just 12 destinations currently on the list, including Portugal and Gibraltar.
While he said he was "optimistic" about summer holidays this year, he added: "Otherwise the Germans are going to beat the Brits to the sun loungers and for no good reason at all."
He also praised the UK vaccination programme which has allowed foreign travel to resume.
He said: "The key to [foreign travel] is clearly the success of the vaccination programme that is now being rolled out, not only in the UK but we also see that taking place across many other European markets.
"The latest data suggests that most of Europe could actually already from right now go on to that green list of categories.
"And we know there is huge pent-up demand for people to not only go on holidays but to visit friends and family that they haven't been able to see because of the pandemic and the fact that it has been illegal to travel so it's a big day today for us."
Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary also said that prices will remain low this summer, but expects them to soar in in 2022.
He told BB Breakfast: "There's no doubt in my mind that prices will rise, particularly during the peaks of the bank holiday weekends, the school holiday travel period, but that won't affect bookings for summer 2021.
"In 2021 prices will never be cheaper because all the airlines are running with much lower advanced bookings than we have ever had before because of the travel restrictions.
"So I think this summer there are going to be great travel bargains. Get on the Ryanair website and book them now.
"But summer 2022, we will be urging people to book very early because I think there's less seats and pricing will be higher."
Brits heading to green list countries can avoid having to quarantine when returning to the UK, but will require a negative Covid test pre-arrival and on day two.
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Only four countries out of the 12 on the list are welcoming Brits, with destinations including Australia and New Zealand yet to reopen to the UK.
Most of Europe, including Spain, Greece and France, are on the amber list while Turkey and the Maldives have been added to the red list.
Both amber and red countries require a UK quarantine, at home or at a quarantine hotel, respectively.
However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he will not be adding any countries to the green list any time soon.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also urged Brits to not travel to amber list destinations unless "absolutely necessary".
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