BUDGET family holidays could be a thing of the past thanks to greedy airlines cashing in on ‘huge demand’ after Covid.
Those looking to get away during the school holidays are facing colossal price hikes – with flights to some European hotspots costing more than £1,000 apiece.
Airlines, known for their cheap summer holidays abroad, have more than tripled their prices as Britons try to book for June, July and August.
As a result, a flight from London Heathrow to Malaga with a direct return economy flight on 28 May and 4 June – when most schools close for half the term – will cost travelers a staggering £1,208, or £4,112 for a family of four.
A similar trip to Tenerife on the same dates costs £2,076 while on the same holiday Majorca comes in at £1,260.
For Malta this rises to £1,956 and those hoping to relax Corfu Spend £2,360, The Telegraph reports.
Experts have accused airlines of exploiting needy families looking to take a break during the summer holidays.
Others say it’s also a way for the big companies to scrape back some of the millions of pounds lost to coronavirus, canceled flights and staff shortages.
Short-haul flights on British Airways have skyrocketed dramatically to discourage in-fight ticket purchases massive staff shortageaccording to The Independent.
It’s a huge blow to families looking forward to some summer sun after international travel has been all but ruled out since the pandemic broke out in 2020.
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Skyscanner’s Gemma Jamieson said: “The biggest driver of airfares is supply and demand and people are realizing that taking a holiday this year is a viable option for them.
“Demand is really increasing for people who wouldn’t have considered it a few months ago.
“It’s doable because the rules are a lot simpler and the trust is a lot higher. The demand will be enormous.
“People are going back to where they know and love them.”
Airlines UK Trade Organization and Consumer Protection Agency which? agreed that demand is sky high and this will affect prices.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8662336/budget-family-holidays-demand-airlines-cash-in/ British families have warned that cheap holidays abroad could be over as flights to Spain soar and airlines capitalize on the huge demand