Summer capacity added to Portugal in response to demand


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May 12, 2021 at 17:11 and Jet2holidays have responded to the significant demand for holidays to Faro (Algarve) and Funchal (Madeira) this summer, by adding more flights and holidays from airports in England and Scotland.

After Portugal was put on the green list of countries that customers can travel to from England and Scotland, and Jet2holidays have reported a significant increase in demand. Summer 21 bookings to Faro (Algarve) and Madeira increased more than 600% in the 24 hours following the green list announcement, and over 1,300% when compared to the same period week-on-week.

In response, customers travelling from Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and London Stansted Airports can now enjoy more choice when it comes to booking and enjoying some much-needed sunshine in Portugal this summer.

The additional flights and holidays on sale from today are as follows:

Faro (Algarve):

  • Birmingham Airport - weekly Saturday services added from 3rd to 17th July meaning daily services in July.
  • Bristol Airport – flying programme brought forward to commence on 2nd July instead of late-August, with Monday and Friday services providing much more choice and flexibility during the peak holiday season.
  • Glasgow Airport – weekly Sunday services added from 27th June through to 8th August meaning up to four weekly services flying to the Portuguese sunshine this summer.
  • Edinburgh Airport – weekly services added every Tuesday from 29th June right through to 31st August, meaning up to five weekly services for holidaymakers to choose from.
  • Newcastle Airport – weekly services added every Tuesday from 29th June through to 20th July, giving a choice of daily services this summer.

Funchal (Madeira):

  • Manchester Airport – weekly Saturday services (only weekend services available from Manchester Airport this summer) introduced from 3rd July until 28th August, meaning up to three weekly services this summer.
  • London Stansted – weekly Friday services added from 2nd July right through to 24th September, meaning up to two weekly services this summer.

The companies will operate to Faro from all ten of its UK bases this summer, with flights and holidays operating to Madeira from nine UK bases. Today’s announcement represents over 10,000 additional seats going on sale across the two destinations this summer, demonstrating the strong demand from UK holidaymakers.

In addition to this demand, latest customer polling by and Jet2holidays has shown that confidence about travel climbed sharply after the publication of the UK Government’s green list on Friday last week. When it comes to confidence about booking and travelling on holidays this summer and beyond, over half (52%) of respondents feel confident – the highest reported level since March and a rise of eight percentage points week-on-week. More than half (55%) also say that they are eager to get away as soon as they can.

On the back of that, Jet2holidays is responding to demand for the assurance that its ATOL protected package holidays provide, as well as its award-winning customer experience. As well as booking and travelling on award-winning flights and ATOL protected package holidays, customers get to experience and enjoy the company’s VIP customer service which has seen and Jet2holidays repeatedly win high-profile accolades such as Which? Recommended Provider and TripAdvisor’s Best Airline – UK and Top 10 Airlines of the World.

Steve Heapy, CEO of and Jet2holidays said: “We know that there is extraordinary demand out there for holidays to the sunshine, which is no surprise given the past year or so. As things open up again, combined with positive vaccination and infection rates, one of the very first things people want to do is get away to relax in the sunshine. We are pleased to see Governments reopening travel so that holidaymakers can do this, and the response to Portugal going on the green list from customers in England and Scotland has been exceptional. In response to that, we are delighted to be giving customers even more choice when it comes to booking and enjoying some sunshine in the Algarve and Madeira. We look forward to more positive news in the coming weeks, and we know that our customers feel the same.”