BRITS planning to visit Spain are warned that flight prices could soar in the coming months.
Spain’s tourism director Fernando Valdés warns that if War between Russia and Ukraine continued, it could cause flight prices to go up.
At a press conference, he said that he feared the conflict in Ukraine would push up oil prices so high that airlines will start passing the cost on to customers, making flight prices too expensive for tourists to Spain.
“At some point, if the conflict and its effects spread, it could affect airfares,” he said.
In addition, Mr. Valdés warned that the war could have a lasting effect on tourism, as oil prices reduce people’s disposable income and some people are too anxious to travel.
“It is still early to predict what the impact of war conflict might be on our tourism sector,” he said.
“Everything will depend on the intensity and duration of the conflict.”
He’s not the first to warn of psychologically inflated holiday costs – travel expert Eoghan Corry echoes a similar sentiment.
Previously, he said: “The first is the price of fuel because it’s not like it’s stopping and it’s going up.”
Eoghan explained that “avoiding Russian airspace” would mean flights to certain destinations would take longer, and “both have an impact on fares”.
However, Spanish tourism bosses are still predicting normal arrivals over the Easter holiday, despite the conflict.
Mr Valdés added: “As a result of the greater normalization of travel with the pandemic, we find that it has been and is unfolding as an Easter that looks more and more like normal.”
Spain has eased some Covid restrictions in recent weeks, sending tourists back to the popular holiday destination.
This week, there was a big change to the Covid rules on Canary Island, motivated Britons planning to visit.
All the islands of Spain – including Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote – is operating at the lowest level of Covid restrictions.
The islands of Spain have operated under a traffic light system since the pandemic began, depending on the number of cases and hospital conditions.
Now all of them are restricted to Level 1, meaning 100% capacity is possible in all indoor and outdoor spaces, including cafes, bars and restaurants, and time closing maybe 4am.
Last month, Spain waived requirements for Children aged 12 to 17 are vaccinated to enter, now just a negative PCR test.
Spain has also changed the entry requirements to allow the unvaccinated Britons have recently recovered from Covid import.
Previously, only vaccinated Britons could visit Spain, but the change means people with one or no stings can also enter.
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