BUDGET family holidays could be a thing of the past thanks to greedy airlines cashing in on "huge demand" post-Covid.
Those looking to get away during school holidays face colossal price hikes – with flights to some European hotspots costing more than £1,000 a pop.
Airlines known for their cheap summer trips abroad have more than trebled their prices as Brits look to book for June, July and August.
As a result, flying from London Heathrow to Malaga on a direct economy return on May 28 and June 4 – when most schools break up for half term – will set travellers back an astonishing £1,208, or £4,112 for a family of four.
A similar trip to Tenerife over the same dates costs £2,076, while the same holiday to Majorca comes to £1,260.
For Malta, this rises to £1,956, and those hoping to relax in Corfu face forking out £2,360, The Telegraph reports.
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Experts have accused airlines of exploiting hard-up families keen for a break over the summer half-term.
Others say it is also a way for the huge corporations to scrape back some of the millions of pounds lost due to coronavirus, cancelled flights and staff shortages.
Short-haul flights with British Airways have shot up dramatically to deter ticket purchases as it battles severe staff shortages, according to The Independent.
It is a major blow for families looking forward to some summer sun after foreign travel being almost off the cards since the pandemic hit in 2020.
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And it only adds to the existing Easter Bank Holiday chaos of cancelled flights, security delays, mile-long queues, rail disruptions and chock-a-block motorways.
Gemma Jamieson, from Skyscanner, said: "The biggest driver for flight prices is supply and demand, and people are just realising tat a holiday is viable option for them this year.
"Demand is really ramping up for people who wouldn't have considered it a few months ago.
"It's achievable because the rules are much simpler, and confidence is much higher. Demand will be massive.
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"People are going back to where they know and love."
Trade body Airlines UK and consumer watchdog Which? agreed that demand is sky-high and this will have a knock-on effect for prices.
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