TUI warns 2021 summer holidays ‘already more expensive than last year’

Those expecting to get some super-value sunshine breaks next summer have been left draflated.

TUI has sent out a warning to hopeful holiday-makers that summer 2021 deals are going to be tough to find.

In fact, the tour operator says half on May's packages are already sold.

That means half-term holiday for families could be limited in choice – and the prices will probably rise.

Brits are desperately planning a get-away after many were unable to leave the UK in 2020 with the global pandemic taking its grip.

But with hope on the horizon, many have been booking up.

However, demand for summer 2021 breaks means they are more expensive than last year.

TUI told the Independent : "There was no Easter business, no travel at Whitsun and only very limited summer business."

TravelSupermarket Emma Coulthurst said there are "unlikely to be the rock bottom prices which you can currently snap up" when quarantine requirements are pulled.

She said: "People have had their confidence buoyed by recent vaccine announcements and have started locking in holidays for 2021.

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"Now and we expect that to continue as people have some time off over Christmas."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he has already booked a holiday – and with the vaccine being rolled out, many have followed suit.

He said: "I do have high confidence that the summer of 2021 will be a bright one without the sort of restrictions that made the summer of 2020 more restrictive."

Kate Bingham, the head of the vaccine task force, agreed and believes plans can be made for the months ahead.

"My gut feeling is that we will all be going on summer holidays," she said.

"It is likely that those people most at risk will be vaccinated through to April, and then the [Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] and the Department for Health will then consider how to broaden out the vaccinations to other adults.

"I think by the summer we should be in a much better place to get on planes."

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