Did Covid KILL budget holidays? British families face paying more than £1,000 to fly to popular European hotspots as airlines cash in on post-lockdown demand

  • British families face paying more than £1,000 to fly to European hotspots 
  • Flying from Heathrow to Malaga will set travellers back £1,208 
  • A family of four flying there between  May 28 and June 4 would pay £4,112
  • Airlines have increased prices following post-Covid demand for travel 

Most of us dreamed of being able to fly abroad when we were confined to our homes during the pandemic.

But sadly, we now face forking out huge sums of money to fly to popular European hotspots like Spain this summer.

As families now face paying £1,000 to get to the Continent, it looks like Covid may have killed off budget holidays.

Airlines known for their cheap foreign trips have more than trebled their prices for flights in June, July and August.

Flying from London Heathrow to Malaga on a direct economy return on May 28 and June 4 – when most schools break up for half term – will now set travellers back £1,208, or £4,112 for a family-of-four.

Tourists and locals enjoy the sunny weather on a beach at Barcelona, Spain, April 15, 2022

Passengers queue inside the departures area of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, during the Easter getaway, Friday April 15, 2022

Passengers queue inside the departures area of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, during the Easter getaway, Friday April 15, 2022

A similar trip to Tenerife over the same dates costs £2,076, while the same holiday to Majorca comes to £1,260, The Telegraph reports.

For Malta, this rises to £1,956, while those hoping to relax in Corfu face forking out a whopping.

Short-haul flights with British Airways have also rocketed to deter ticket purchases as it battles severe staff shortages, according to The Independent. 

Experts suggested that airlines have cashed in on the post-lockdown boom in demand for holidays to Europe.  

Holidaymakers on the beach at Benidorm, Thursday April 14, 2022

Holidaymakers on the beach at Benidorm, Thursday April 14, 2022

Skyscanner’s Gemma Jamieson said: ‘The biggest driver for flight prices is supply and demand, and people are just realising tat a holiday is viable option for them this year.

‘Demand is really ramping up for people who wouldn’t have considered it a few months ago.

‘It’s achievable because the rules are much simpler, and confidence is much higher. Demand will be massive.

‘People are going back to where they know and love.’   

Trade body Airlines UK and consumer watchdog Which? also said demand is sky-high and this will have a knock-on effect for prices.

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