We can go to the Canaries!

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The travel industry got a real dose of adrenalin yesterday when the Canary Islands were removed from the list of places that we couldn’t visit.

a Tenerife beach
Tenerife is the most populare destion for Britons

For the islanders it was a double celebration because the German government also lifted its ban on German residents going to the Canaries.

Admittedly those in lockdown areas cannot travel there but at least they can dream, plan and think that barring yet another lockdown, firebreak or circuit-break they can consider returning to the islands a  popular destination for Britons and Germans.

Airlines such as easyJet immediately started looking at adding additional flights. Jet2holidays, which claims to be the UK’s largest operator to the Canary Islands, said that it would restart flights and holidays as from the end of the month. Their press release landed on my desk within minutes of the government announcing that the ban would be lifted.

Tui moved even faster stating that their flights and holidays would begin again this Saturday. Some online travel sites claimed that there was an immediate rush of interest in people searching through different types of accommodation and flights.

Lanzarote
Lanzarote will be happy to see the return of Britons and Germans again

It means that Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura. La Palma, El Hierro, La Gomera and La Graciosa are all open again for us.

The Canarian Weekly carried the news as “Breaking news” and in large headlines on its website whilst a rival, The Canary carried the news just above the news from Germany which came out on Wednesday night.

Although the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, is reporting that the Spanish government is considering a national curfew to reduce the likelihood of cases spreading it is unclear if this will include the Canaries. Even if it, a night time curfew would be unlikely to dent the hopes of Britons and Spaniards wanting to head to one of the favourite destinations.

as will Gran Canaria

The government also announced that Denmark, the Maldives and the Greek island Mykonos had been removed from the “don’t go” list but all were overshadowed by the news about the Canaries.

Liechtenstein was the only country to move from the “green list” to the “don’t travel” list for British travellers.

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