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Travel expert on Lorraine warns of 'uncertain summer' but says there is 'hope'


As Scots wait to hear their route map for coming out of lockdown today, many are keen to know if summer holidays are on the cards.

Today on Lorraine, travel expert Simon Calder spoke to the presenter as Boris Johnson outlined England’s plan yesterday.

According to Simon, travel agents have reported a huge surge in bookings since the PM’s announcement but what really are the chances of us stepping on a plane this summer?

Simon said: “Bear in mind that these dates provided are provisional and depend on data.



Simon Calder joined Lorraine on the show

“There is a bit of hope. It’s going to be slow but even though there are extra surges in bookings, there are also surges in cancellations too. So it’s not looking likely.”

He also said that budget airline EasyJet has cancelled all bookings up until May.

Lorraine Kelly went on to ask the expert if day trips may be a possibility.

Simon replied: “From the 29th of March, ‘stay at home’ will be abolished but we are advised to ‘stay local’, now I don’t know what that means so it’s not clear.”

While England’s route map is set to end on the June 21, it’s unclear whether Brits will be allowed to travel abroad.

Nicola Sturgeon will announce the Scottish Government’s plan later today from Holyrood.



Lorraine Kelly spoke to Simon Calder about summer holidays

She is expected to announce similar lifting of restrictions however it’s believed some of the dates will change.

Speaking about Easter holidays, Simon said: “Nothing will be happening in England because nothing is open on 12th of April, we’re not going to find anything about about Scotland until we know what’s going on there.

“At the moment, sales are going mad from 17th of May onwards but there are thousands of cancellations going out too.

“I’ve spoken to TUI and EasyJet and everything is cancelled up until 16th of May.

“It is possible to travel earlier than that but Government is warning nothing will happen until at least then. We have no idea about Summer.

“At the moment things are going to get tricky going abroad. Anyone leaving anywhere after 8th of March needs declaration of travel.

“So many things to decide but clearly from July, August, September, people are deciding it’s all going to be ok.”

Would you book a holiday for this summer?





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