Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their first COVID-19 vaccine has proven 90% effective in clinical trials, while this week Moderna delivered more good news that the experimental one currently in operation was shown to be 94.5% effective in preventing the coronavirus. While industry experts have shed light on what this means for the future of travel, it seems that the announcements have acted as a boost for the public, who according to some companies, have been searching for holidays since the news broke.
According to Skyscanner, UK searches for travel next spring and summer are up 48%, week on week. "Over the last few months, we've seen travelers in the UK reacting to changes as they happen. Obviously, it’s early days but with the promising vaccine news hitting the headlines we did see an immediate spike in searches for travel next spring and summer. Our data shows an increase in all searches from the UK for travel between April 1 and August 31, 2021, showing there really is a pent-up appetite for Brits to get exploring again.