Portugal: Madeira and Azores feature on ‘airlifts’ list while Portugal remains ‘favorite’ | Travel News | Travel

Madeira has joined the UK travel corridor from today, ready for Brits looking for a late summer and fall vacation. The UK government’s move has delighted Britons with bookings skyrocketing since the announcement. Bookings for Portugal increased by more than 2,000% immediately after the announcement of the quarantine exemption, according to Skyscanner.

The site also noticed that despite being absent from the UK’s travel lanes list for months, Portugal has remained a favorite in recent months.

In fact, Luqa and Faro in Portugal were among the top 20 most searched destinations on Skyscanner over the past month.

Besides Portugal, Madeira is another popular holiday destination that has been banned from Britons in recent months.

The Foreign Ministry (FCO) said Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, “is exempt from the FCO’s opinion against all non-essential international travel.”

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“This is based on the current risk assessment of COVID-19,” he added.

Madeira is known for its subtropical climate, magnificent beaches, breathtaking landscapes and cliffs.

Nuno Vale, executive director of the Madeira Promotion Bureau, said of the British announcement: “Madeira has a long history of excellent relations with the United Kingdom, the first British colony dating back to the 16th century, and it is a market key to the destination.

“Given that our response to Covid-19 and our handling of the pandemic has been widely reported as one of the best in Europe, we are very relieved to be able to welcome British tourists again.”

According to Skyscanner, flights to destinations in Portugal and Madeira for September are a bargain.

A return economy flight from London Luton to Faro in September costs around £ 24.

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While a return economy flight from Manchester to Porto in September costs just £ 25.

A return flight from London Gatwick to Funchal, Madeira in September costs around £ 84.

And with flights from three and a half to four hours, it’s a quick short-haul flight.

Jo McClintock, senior brand director for Skyscanner, said Portugal remained a “favorite” despite the country missing from the list of travel lanes.

“Travelers to the UK are reacting to changes as they occur and come to Skyscanner to research and book their travel as soon as they know they can escape the restrictions, typically traveling in a very short delay after booking.

“Portugal are a favorite and the Brits are longing for the Algarve in the last few months. UK.”

Twitter users expressed excitement over the news on the social media site, with many sharing their vacation plans.

One user said: “On our way to Portugal on Sunday at the vacation home, the weather is wonderful.”

Another enthusiastic user said: “Holidays in Gran Canaria were canceled at 9:30 am.

“Holidays in Portugal booked before 11:30 am. Nothing prevents me from having the sun this year.

Another said: “I’m going to Portugal next week. I love last minute vacations.

However, some users disagree with the fact that the British are booking a vacation in Portugal when it is removed from the quarantine list.

One of them tweeted: “Just read that bookings for Portugal are skyrocketing after being removed from the quarantine list, why would your first thought be to let me book a vacation in a country that was on a quarantine list 24 hours ago. “

Another said: “And idiots are starting to look for vacations in Portugal. Incredibly irresponsible and self-obsessed people who can’t do without their vacation abroad for a summer!

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