EasyJet Holidays sees summer bookings surge 250%
18/01/2021 | news | business | 62
'People want to go on holiday,' says the airline's boss, as bookings for this summer rise sharply.
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19/01/2021 10:34:47 14 1
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I cannot believe that as covud deaths hit over 1,000 a day people are going to try booking holidays.
The world is clamped down.
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20/01/2021 06:55:59 1 0
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Over 1,600 yesterday and they book holidays ??????????????????????
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19/01/2021 10:36:27 10 1
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If you have money to waste book a holidays now when the world is locked down and the future is unknown..
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19/01/2021 10:39:47 8 2
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'May the most popular month' for holiday bookings. Very unlikely that travel will be allowed by then. I hope their Insurance gives them their money back.
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19/01/2021 10:41:09 9 1
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Easyjet has suspended voting rights to non-EU shareholders and also operates under an Austrian licence, is your money safe now we no longer have protection of EU legislation.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-easyjet/easyjet-suspends-some-voting-rights-to-meet-post-brexit-rules-idUKKBN299153?edition-redirect=uk
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19/01/2021 10:42:56 11 3
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Record contraction in the economy from Covid-19 and Brexit. Double dip recession! Record job losses. Job insecurity. Record private debt levels...borrowing at unsustainable levels and, .... guess what? Easy Jet ...announces Summer surge in flight bookings! Fake news, lies or...just advertising.!
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19/01/2021 11:20:10 4 2
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Or maybe, the "double dip recession" (worldwide BTW) is temporary due to Covid?

It hasn't affected everyone and it won't last much longer.
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19/01/2021 12:35:45 2 0
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However, Last year was a record low so a 250% increase my be true but those figures could still be well down on pre pandemic years.
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19/01/2021 10:44:11 15 3
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Easyjet no longer a UK airline, shareholders in the UK have no vote...
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19/01/2021 10:47:26 23 2
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Another attempt by airlines to panic people into giving them money for fear of “missing out” & to lobby government to (foolishly) relax rules that protect the general public from the airlines recklessness.

At least with “bookings up 250% ?? “ it’ll mean they won’t be going cap in hand to government for yet another bail out as , apparently, business is booming.
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19/01/2021 11:11:08 7 0
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Until holdiays anf flights start getting cancelled then they'll hold onto your cash for as long as possible or even only give credit vouchers
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19/01/2021 10:57:46 2 1
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Booked a Holiday in September hopefully we be back to a normal don't mind doing a test before and after if help kept the virus out however these tests should have been at the start of the outbreak not nearly a year on ! However if the Covid numbers as still up at this level don't expect to go. Personal I booked at this time so can pay this over a longer term.
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19/01/2021 11:05:48 7 1
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As the late Kenneth Wolstenholme said in 1966;

"Some people are on the pitch, they think it's all over".
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19/01/2021 11:06:00 16 2
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"May is currently proving to be the most popular month for holidays, Mr Lundgren added."

May seems a bit optimistic or am I just glass half full.
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19/01/2021 11:09:39 19 3
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Meanwhile, Australia which as a country is pretty much back to normal, keeps its borders closed until 2022 and remains free of covid with a vibrant economy.

We're an Island, stop importing Covid, including new strains, and get all of our lives back to normal. If that means UK holidays only for 2021 so be it!
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19/01/2021 11:14:35 11 1
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Except for elites. Anyone for tennis.
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19/01/2021 11:09:39 19 3
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Meanwhile, Australia which as a country is pretty much back to normal, keeps its borders closed until 2022 and remains free of covid with a vibrant economy.

We're an Island, stop importing Covid, including new strains, and get all of our lives back to normal. If that means UK holidays only for 2021 so be it!
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19/01/2021 11:14:35 11 1
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Except for elites. Anyone for tennis.
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19/01/2021 11:14:38 10 1
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great they won't need any government sorry OUR money then.
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19/01/2021 11:10:00 1 0
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And yet still NO gaurentees from any of these operators and more amazingly it seems many countries are imlementing further rrestrictions.
Still don't see any real deals, in fcat the cost of the same holiday planed last year is now up by more than 25%. They will look to recouperate their losses and more ery quickly from those in need of a hol abroad and in the UK
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19/01/2021 10:47:26 23 2
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Another attempt by airlines to panic people into giving them money for fear of “missing out” & to lobby government to (foolishly) relax rules that protect the general public from the airlines recklessness.

At least with “bookings up 250% ?? “ it’ll mean they won’t be going cap in hand to government for yet another bail out as , apparently, business is booming.
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19/01/2021 11:11:08 7 0
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Until holdiays anf flights start getting cancelled then they'll hold onto your cash for as long as possible or even only give credit vouchers
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19/01/2021 11:16:26 14 1
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And only yesterday the aviation industry was asking for billions of pounds of support.

Who is trying to fool who?
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19/01/2021 11:18:43 9 2
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Amazing, some people obviously know, months ahead of me, what the rates of mortality and infection will be in May, along with whether the country they are flying to will have lifted their restrictions. Also they know whether the virus will mutate and make the vaccine useless. Some brilliant people out there
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19/01/2021 11:24:28 4 0
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Book for May, fly out in September.......................maybe.
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19/01/2021 13:39:30 1 1
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At some point, life will return to normal. With the vaccine rollout such a massive success, this could start in March, and be completed by May. Cheer up!
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19/01/2021 10:42:56 11 3
bbc
Record contraction in the economy from Covid-19 and Brexit. Double dip recession! Record job losses. Job insecurity. Record private debt levels...borrowing at unsustainable levels and, .... guess what? Easy Jet ...announces Summer surge in flight bookings! Fake news, lies or...just advertising.!
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19/01/2021 11:20:10 4 2
bbc
Or maybe, the "double dip recession" (worldwide BTW) is temporary due to Covid?

It hasn't affected everyone and it won't last much longer.
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19/01/2021 11:20:19 3 1
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Easyjet....taking money for more bookings quite happily, while not handing back refunds for flights cancelled by lockdown.

This is no morals capitalism at work.

Are we so stupid as to think that permitting Trump (and others closer to home) to erode the value of truth and honesty will have no consequences for Society?
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19/01/2021 12:02:35 8 0
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Agreed, the Blair, Brown, Campbell tag team totally eroded truth and honesty.
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19/01/2021 12:07:09 4 1
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In defence of Easyjet, we had several vouchers from the first lockdown but due to my wife's ill health would not and cannot travel for some time, I did explain this by email and they did refund all moneys we was owed. I have nothing but praise for this company.
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19/01/2021 11:20:35 11 0
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This looks more like a EasyJet paid article to reassure people and promote back to normal flying rather than an informative one. EasyJet is in the pit like other airlines and are using the BBC to promote their services more like it.
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19/01/2021 11:18:43 9 2
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Amazing, some people obviously know, months ahead of me, what the rates of mortality and infection will be in May, along with whether the country they are flying to will have lifted their restrictions. Also they know whether the virus will mutate and make the vaccine useless. Some brilliant people out there
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19/01/2021 11:24:28 4 0
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Book for May, fly out in September.......................maybe.
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19/01/2021 11:26:04 3 0
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But people have no money.
Record House Prices
Online Retail Sales
etc.
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19/01/2021 11:32:18 4 4
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There's nowt so queer as folk!
The wiggles and wriggles as to why some must book a holiday.
Do they ever learn!
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19/01/2021 11:36:13 2 0
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Up 250% from this time last year, that's nothing special as we new pretty early on into 2020 that holiday travel was at best, a risk and extremely unlikely at best.
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19/01/2021 11:38:28 17 1
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Great PR exercise ..I expect Ryanair to announce the same soon. Clever way of getting cash from punters and converting it into useless vouchers ... you won't be flying off to Benidorm this year .. 2022 at earliest
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19/01/2021 11:39:33 6 2
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Not yet the time to travel although I would love to do so.

I wonder how much the price is going up on last year? Insurance with Covid-19 restrictions. It is not going to be like it was much as we may wish.

UK for the summer holidays, elsewhere maybe by autumn.
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19/01/2021 14:42:21 4 1
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Also if you do get to france, spain greece in the summer i do wonder what will be open (restaurants pubs etc) how has their economy survived? you may end up spending the holiday in your hotel room
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19/01/2021 11:43:23 3 6
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This article if true, just highlights the inequalities in this country.
We hear the plight of many who ae struggling to put food on the table, something I do not doubt for one minute. Then there's a fair proportion of the population who haven't spent anywhere near what they've had coming in (furlough etc), hence the race to board a plane. This inequality will continue under the Tories.
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19/01/2021 12:05:12 4 0
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I beg to differ, you can only claim 80% of furlough up to £2.5k. Sadly I'm one of the 3 million who can't but if people can afford to go on holiday then good for them. I personally wouldn't book at the moment though, still not out of the covid woods yet!!
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19/01/2021 14:41:06 4 0
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just to say i am working full time and do not spend what is coming in and not via furlough etc, i can afford a holiday but due to current global situation will hold off until end of year or 2022.it is not a Tory inequality but a UK inequality, it was the same under new labour....
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19/01/2021 11:51:08 4 5
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With the travel restrictions on now and the possibility of them being extended it looks like a few extra vouchers will be issued. Some folks just seem to think its ok to not heed of the health advice that is given to them
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19/01/2021 11:20:19 3 1
bbc
Easyjet....taking money for more bookings quite happily, while not handing back refunds for flights cancelled by lockdown.

This is no morals capitalism at work.

Are we so stupid as to think that permitting Trump (and others closer to home) to erode the value of truth and honesty will have no consequences for Society?
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19/01/2021 12:02:35 8 0
bbc
Agreed, the Blair, Brown, Campbell tag team totally eroded truth and honesty.
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19/01/2021 11:43:23 3 6
bbc
This article if true, just highlights the inequalities in this country.
We hear the plight of many who ae struggling to put food on the table, something I do not doubt for one minute. Then there's a fair proportion of the population who haven't spent anywhere near what they've had coming in (furlough etc), hence the race to board a plane. This inequality will continue under the Tories.
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19/01/2021 12:05:12 4 0
bbc
I beg to differ, you can only claim 80% of furlough up to £2.5k. Sadly I'm one of the 3 million who can't but if people can afford to go on holiday then good for them. I personally wouldn't book at the moment though, still not out of the covid woods yet!!
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19/01/2021 11:20:19 3 1
bbc
Easyjet....taking money for more bookings quite happily, while not handing back refunds for flights cancelled by lockdown.

This is no morals capitalism at work.

Are we so stupid as to think that permitting Trump (and others closer to home) to erode the value of truth and honesty will have no consequences for Society?
31
19/01/2021 12:07:09 4 1
bbc
In defence of Easyjet, we had several vouchers from the first lockdown but due to my wife's ill health would not and cannot travel for some time, I did explain this by email and they did refund all moneys we was owed. I have nothing but praise for this company.
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19/01/2021 12:21:22 8 1
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I expect this is the last year of the foreign holiday for anti vaxers. Maybe wait until next year, to avoid the selfish people.
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19/01/2021 12:23:30 9 2
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I cannot understand how anyone can feel confident about booking anything abroad currently even if they can afford it.The Uk may well be leading the way on vaccinations but other countries are not.France one of the most popular destinations Brits is well behind.A jab is good if you get it but this Covid thing will not just go away so why take the risk.
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19/01/2021 10:42:56 11 3
bbc
Record contraction in the economy from Covid-19 and Brexit. Double dip recession! Record job losses. Job insecurity. Record private debt levels...borrowing at unsustainable levels and, .... guess what? Easy Jet ...announces Summer surge in flight bookings! Fake news, lies or...just advertising.!
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19/01/2021 12:35:45 2 0
bbc
However, Last year was a record low so a 250% increase my be true but those figures could still be well down on pre pandemic years.
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19/01/2021 13:35:25 3 1
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...only to cancel.

Only tourism is illegal migrants are fake refugees
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19/01/2021 11:18:43 9 2
bbc
Amazing, some people obviously know, months ahead of me, what the rates of mortality and infection will be in May, along with whether the country they are flying to will have lifted their restrictions. Also they know whether the virus will mutate and make the vaccine useless. Some brilliant people out there
36
19/01/2021 13:39:30 1 1
bbc
At some point, life will return to normal. With the vaccine rollout such a massive success, this could start in March, and be completed by May. Cheer up!
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19/01/2021 20:46:40 1 0
bbc
Agreed, at some point life will return to near normal, even though this virus will never go away. I remain realistic, even this hopelessly optimistic government say they won't have every adult offered the vaccine until September. Both the summer and Christmas relaxation have caused havoc, they will not wish to relax too quickly again
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19/01/2021 11:43:23 3 6
bbc
This article if true, just highlights the inequalities in this country.
We hear the plight of many who ae struggling to put food on the table, something I do not doubt for one minute. Then there's a fair proportion of the population who haven't spent anywhere near what they've had coming in (furlough etc), hence the race to board a plane. This inequality will continue under the Tories.
37
19/01/2021 14:41:06 4 0
bbc
just to say i am working full time and do not spend what is coming in and not via furlough etc, i can afford a holiday but due to current global situation will hold off until end of year or 2022.it is not a Tory inequality but a UK inequality, it was the same under new labour....
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19/01/2021 11:39:33 6 2
bbc
Not yet the time to travel although I would love to do so.

I wonder how much the price is going up on last year? Insurance with Covid-19 restrictions. It is not going to be like it was much as we may wish.

UK for the summer holidays, elsewhere maybe by autumn.
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19/01/2021 14:42:21 4 1
bbc
Also if you do get to france, spain greece in the summer i do wonder what will be open (restaurants pubs etc) how has their economy survived? you may end up spending the holiday in your hotel room
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19/01/2021 16:59:51 5 0
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This is a bit of a false story as last year Easyjet Holidays was a very new proposition for that part of the Business. This year they have expanded and now work with the travel trade but when they start from such a low base 250% increase was inevitable. But of a meaningless statistic being used for free column inches.
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19/01/2021 22:18:53 2 0
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Indeed. A percentage amount is nothing without the base figure the work from.
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19/01/2021 17:00:03 12 1
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I think it would be foolish to plan any holiday during the coming year , here is why :
1) Vaccine rollout will still be going on in Dec2021.
2) Who says it will be sorted in any country by July?
3) What will happen to the cash the tour operator takes, refund,travel vouchers, zilch.
4) Will you get covid19 tests or will they be overloaded at peak weeks?
Its a minefield and its not worth the hassle
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20/01/2021 01:05:27 4 0
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DingaLing
Just about sums the situation nicely. Due to covid I have been stuck in Thailand since last April with little hope of returning to the UK anytime soon. However put bluntly having seen the antics of some of these people in the UK maybe this "stranding" actually was a blessing in disguise. Life fairly normal total of 70 covid deaths and about 3000 hospitalised since the onset in March 2020
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19/01/2021 17:34:03 1 1
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maybe if you want a holiday book a non stopping cruise, might be fun!
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19/01/2021 18:29:37 2 7
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Don't worry sheep. You stay at home with your masks and the rich will go on holiday without a care in the world. Ahh back to the world of masters and serfs.
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Ray
20/01/2021 00:23:47 3 0
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So the rich travel on easyjet do they ?
Only one word comes to mind after reading your post - idiot!! Removed
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19/01/2021 13:39:30 1 1
bbc
At some point, life will return to normal. With the vaccine rollout such a massive success, this could start in March, and be completed by May. Cheer up!
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19/01/2021 20:46:40 1 0
bbc
Agreed, at some point life will return to near normal, even though this virus will never go away. I remain realistic, even this hopelessly optimistic government say they won't have every adult offered the vaccine until September. Both the summer and Christmas relaxation have caused havoc, they will not wish to relax too quickly again
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19/01/2021 16:59:51 5 0
bbc
This is a bit of a false story as last year Easyjet Holidays was a very new proposition for that part of the Business. This year they have expanded and now work with the travel trade but when they start from such a low base 250% increase was inevitable. But of a meaningless statistic being used for free column inches.
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19/01/2021 22:18:53 2 0
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Indeed. A percentage amount is nothing without the base figure the work from.
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Mac
19/01/2021 23:02:36 1 0
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So much for Covid changing our behaviour. Aviation massively contributes to greenhouse gases.The Worlds climate is changing. We could do something positive now and abolish cheap flights but no we carry on regardless. Our children and grand children will suffer for this selfishness.
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19/01/2021 18:29:37 2 7
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Don't worry sheep. You stay at home with your masks and the rich will go on holiday without a care in the world. Ahh back to the world of masters and serfs.
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Ray
20/01/2021 00:23:47 3 0
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So the rich travel on easyjet do they ?
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20/01/2021 00:57:55 6 1
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2 million people have died and millions more became seriously ill and lucky to survive, economies world wide have been brought to their knees and the level of personal financial loss is probably incalculable all owing to this global pandemic of Covid-19. Now unbelievably these selfish people are still prepared to throw caution to the wind and travel far and wide for recreational/vacation purposes.
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19/01/2021 18:29:37 2 7
bbc
Don't worry sheep. You stay at home with your masks and the rich will go on holiday without a care in the world. Ahh back to the world of masters and serfs.
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bbc
Only one word comes to mind after reading your post - idiot!! Removed
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19/01/2021 17:00:03 12 1
bbc
I think it would be foolish to plan any holiday during the coming year , here is why :
1) Vaccine rollout will still be going on in Dec2021.
2) Who says it will be sorted in any country by July?
3) What will happen to the cash the tour operator takes, refund,travel vouchers, zilch.
4) Will you get covid19 tests or will they be overloaded at peak weeks?
Its a minefield and its not worth the hassle
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20/01/2021 01:05:27 4 0
bbc
DingaLing
Just about sums the situation nicely. Due to covid I have been stuck in Thailand since last April with little hope of returning to the UK anytime soon. However put bluntly having seen the antics of some of these people in the UK maybe this "stranding" actually was a blessing in disguise. Life fairly normal total of 70 covid deaths and about 3000 hospitalised since the onset in March 2020
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20/01/2021 01:14:32 5 1
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Some sound advice this is Easy Jet so at least read the small print connected with your booking if your are that desperate to be prepared to put others in danger by "importing" even more covid back into the UK!!! The UK & Europe should follow the actions by the vast majority of countries in the Far East and the southern hemisphere in general CLOSE ALL AIRPORTS TO PASSENGER TRAFFIC no if's or but's
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20/01/2021 06:36:20 2 2
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After the numerous examples of misplaced optimism May seems way too early to expect a relaxing holiday abroad. I wonder if the same people still have their giant turkeys in the freezer after Johnson's christmas debacle.
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20/01/2021 06:54:04 4 1
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Who are these optimists booking holidays with 100,000 dead, we should not even be selling holidays that involve air travel.
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19/01/2021 10:34:47 14 1
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I cannot believe that as covud deaths hit over 1,000 a day people are going to try booking holidays.
The world is clamped down.
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20/01/2021 06:55:59 1 0
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Over 1,600 yesterday and they book holidays ??????????????????????
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20/01/2021 07:53:21 1 1
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I suspect most countries will want you to be vaccinated before being allowed I as I'm government does not expect to be doing under 50 age group until April and you need 2 doses up to 12 weeks apart and it then takes up to 3 weeks to be effective find May very unrealistic particularly as easyjet and a certain Irish Air ripoff cater for the younger market.
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Ray
20/01/2021 08:50:07 3 0
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The rules and laws on Covid 19 have changed in some way on average every 5 days.
Rules on exercise, travel, quarantine, stay home, school open, school closed, go to work, work from home, proof of a negative test etc etc.
And how many know what the rules will be at their chosen destination in the spring or summer ?
It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Dying for a holiday"
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20/01/2021 09:00:09 2 2
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In the same way that tobacco companies didn't stress the 'downside' of their product, until overwhelming scientific evidence was promoted instead of being suppressed, airlines are advertising whilst they can
This pandemic's most effectively spread by people in aluminum tubes breathing the same recycled air for long periods
Ships historically spread the plague
Aircraft now fill that role
Avoid them
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BV
20/01/2021 09:34:28 1 0
bbc
In uncertain times its difficult, but holidays seem to be what is looked forward to, if flying is not allowed due to restrictions, Staycations will again be on a different level to last year, it will be worse, the UK holiday is Brits going to the beach, Cornwall and Scottish Highlands will be car parks , But not visiting our great cities with lack of Foreign Tourists , I'm not planning one yet.
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20/01/2021 09:57:04 1 0
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How's Jab and Go doing, crazy people on every street corner..
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20/01/2021 10:22:08 3 1
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Once people have the jab, they'll be free to travel. There's no interest here or abroad in restricting travel for people that are already vaccinated. Government is playing it safe by saying it will take until autumn. Reality is the program will ramp up and accelerate as we get beyond the elderly and capacity grows ie. 24/7
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20/01/2021 17:01:36 0 0
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“Once people have the jab, they'll be free to travel.”

Hopefully but I wouldn’t bet on it, there is no evidence yet that any of the jabs give us sterilising immunity, if they don’t then there is no reason to suppose freedom to travel – for quiet sometime to come.
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20/01/2021 11:48:22 2 1
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Given the issues with the UK variant, I'm not sure we Brits will be welcomed abroad this summer until the infection rate is reduced to a minimum and the vast majority are vaccinated.
Those who refuse a vaccination are unlikely to be able to travel and will be required to self-isolate upon arrival.
Also most insurance policies will not cover isolation costs and repatriation hereinafter.
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20/01/2021 10:22:08 3 1
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Once people have the jab, they'll be free to travel. There's no interest here or abroad in restricting travel for people that are already vaccinated. Government is playing it safe by saying it will take until autumn. Reality is the program will ramp up and accelerate as we get beyond the elderly and capacity grows ie. 24/7
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20/01/2021 17:01:36 0 0
bbc
“Once people have the jab, they'll be free to travel.”

Hopefully but I wouldn’t bet on it, there is no evidence yet that any of the jabs give us sterilising immunity, if they don’t then there is no reason to suppose freedom to travel – for quiet sometime to come.
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PCS
20/01/2021 21:22:55 0 0
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Virus will still be kicking around and thousands will volunteer to be stuck in the test tube of an aircraft....