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High demand for Portugal following green list announcement

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Bookings to Portugal rose by 663% on Friday in reaction to the news. Of the green list countries, Portugal took the lion’s share of bookings. Most bookings made over the weekend are for May and June, with 26% and 25% of the bookings respectively.*

According to Skyscanner data, the top searched destinations over the weekend (economy class, return travel from the UK in 2021)**: 

# 

Destination City Name 

Faro 

Lisbon 

Porto 

Alicante 

Madeira 

Malaga 

Tel Aviv 

London 

Tenerife 

10 

Gibraltar 

 

Gavin Harris, Pricing and Deals Expert at Skyscanner commented: “We saw a busy weekend of searches and bookings, as engaged travellers reacted to the news of the green list. Our data clearly shows that people want European beach holidays, as Portugal was by far the top searched and booked destination on Skyscanner. The green list announcement also drove searches for amber countries like Spain for later in the year. The average fare for bookings made over the weekend remained lower than usual, with return tickets to Porto costing on average £101, Lisbon sitting at £114 and Faro at £127. Plenty of travel providers are keeping prices low to compete for bookings and there are still extremely attractive deals to be had for spring and summer trips.” 


*Redirects (bookings) for economy class, return travel from the UK 
*Searches for economy class, return travel from the UK made on Friday 7th May, Saturday 8th May and Sunday 9th May.

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