Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
29 February 2016 08:12
Andalusia's El Torcal de Antequera
British families are being warned to book Spanish or Portuguese holidays now to avoid disappointment.
Ryanair says that they should act by the end of the month at the latest.
The plea comes as more and more other nationalities switch to the Iberian Peninsula to avoid terror hotspots.
Many hotels across Andalusia and the Algarve have already put their "no vacancies" signs up on their August and July websites, says the low-cost airline's Kenny Jacobs.
The rush follows terror incidents in Turkey and Tunisia since this time last year. In particular, Germans are said to be turning their attentions further north-west instead.
Mr Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, says around four in 10 Germans who planned to visit Turkey have changed their minds. They are instead lining up Portugal and Spain as their next preferred options, he says.
Why lose out on cancellations?
Such uncertainty can lead to holiday cancellations.
But if the unexpected occurs, travel insurance can cover people against losses. S uch insurance can cover a whole manner of surprises from lost sunglasses and passports to flight cancellations.
Andalusia in big demand
Mr Jacobs is recommending that Britons reserve their places in Portugal or Spain before the end of the month (Monday, February 29) or risk missing out.
He says British families risk the possibility of "fighting" when it comes to securing hotel beds out there. Mr Jacobs says Portuguese hoteliers informed him of the trend during a visit last week.
He says demand seems particularly high in the beautifully rugged hotspots of Andalusia and the Algarve.
Ryanair's north African orders have eased off since the attacks, the airline official told a central London press gathering.
But north Africa's tourism loss is working in Spain and Portugal's favour, says Mr Jacobs. He believes that UK families in particular will have to act fast with the limited school holiday window compared to other countries.
24 March 2017
People who drink moderately are less likely to suffer a heart attack, according to a new study.
23 March 2017
Passengers on certain flights into the UK will no longer be able to carry laptops and tablets like iPads in their hand luggage.
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.