Boris Johnson announced he aims to restart international travel from May 17

Holidaymakers from the UK have already started booking their summer holidays ahead of the return of international travel from May 17. 

Some of Britain’s biggest airlines and travel firms revealed a surge in holiday bookings to places such as Greece, Spain and Cyprus immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the roadmap out of lockdown. 

As part of the plans, international travel will be able to resume on May 17, provided that infection rates stay low and no new variants of coronavirus emerge.

Thomas Cooks Chief Executive Alan French dubbed the PM’s roadmap ‘good news’ with the travel company seeing booking ‘flooding in’ already for countries like Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Mr French said: ‘The government’s announcement today is good news for those of us desperate to get away on holiday.

‘While we await more details, it’s clear that the government’s ambition is to open up international travel in the coming months and hopefully in time for the summer holidays.’ 

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