British Airways launches flights from Southampton airport to Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, France and Germany

BRITISH AIRWAYS has launched 11 new flight routes from Southampton Airport. 

The flights will run between May 1 to October 31 next year, with destinations including Berlin, Bergerac, Edinburgh, Faro, Florence, Ibiza, Limoges, Malaga, Mykonos, Nice and Palma de Mallorca.

Return fares start from £66, with tickets available to buy on the BA website from today. 

TUI has warned today that holiday prices for summer 2021 are already more expensive than last year due to demand.

The tour operator says prices are up 14 per cent because of a surge in bookings and a subdued 2020 holiday season due to coronavirus.

A spokesperson told the Independent: "There was no Easter business, no travel at Whitsun and only very limited summer business."

They also warned that they have already sold half of their May holidays for next year, meaning a half-term holiday for families could be limited in choice and price.

Brits have been given fresh hope of holidays going ahead next year thanks to the vaccine rollout.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said they are likely to resume from 2021, and that he has already booked his own.

In September, travel expert Paul Charles told Sun Online Travel that Brits should be looking at booking their summer holidays for 2021 already, to get the best deals.

He said: "Travel agencies are needing some money to tide them over, so they are offering some very good deals right now.

"I think now is the time to book because you’ll guarantee decent prices before hypothetically they rise closer to next summer."

Closer to home, popular holiday homes and campsites are already selling out for next summer, as families shy away from foreign breaks for another year due to the pandemic.

According to the Guardian, holiday home owners such as Under the Thatch, a collection of Welsh holiday cottages, and Blackberry Wood treehouses in East Sussex, have just a few weekends available for the whole of their 2021 season.

Cornwall and Devon, two of the most popular destinations for Brits, have seen some cottages sell out for all of summer, with some bookings as far ahead as 2023.

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