Holidays will be back to normal by summer predicts Ryanair's Michael O'Leary

A HOLIDAY to Europe this summer is likely to go ahead with few problems, Ryanair's Michael O'Leary has said.

The airline boss explained that the vaccine rollout is likely to mean that a trip abroad during the summer holidays will have "few restrictions".

He said during an interview on the BB4 Today Programme: "We are taking significant bookings from people booking holidays this summer.

"There is a huge upward spike at the end of the third wave."

"I think the vaccine is the solution of all this."

While he said it was too early to call for Easter holidays, he said: "Certainly by the summer, by the time we get to the school holidays, we see very few traveller restrictions across Europe."

He has also called for an end date for the new PCR traveller test requirement.

From this week, all Brits returning to the UK from a country abroad will have to have a negative coronavirus test 72 hours before leaving.

The tough new measures are designed to help stop the spread of mutant variants of the virus.

Mr O'Leary said that while they work for longer haul flights which are much more expensive, they "don't work for short-haul" as bookings are often at short notice.

He warned that "air travel will collapse" unless Transport Secretary Grant Shapps puts an end date to the restrictions, especially if vaccinations for high-risk people will be done by mid-February.

PC Agency's Paul Charles echoed these sentiments, telling Sun Online Travel: "The government needs to put an end date to the latest travel restrictions for the test for inbound travellers to help confidence levels.

"What we don't want to see is the government to continue to demand tests for citizens coming into the UK after May.

"That will put off people from travelling."

Holidays may cost more this summer, however, due to increased demand yet lack of availability.

With more Brits competing for less flights and hotels on the market, this is likely to see a surge in prices.

Staycations are likely to see a boom for another year, too – here are some of the best deals from £5.50pp, per night.

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