Jet2holidays is forecasting a record-breaking period of holiday bookings this weekend and into Monday.

The package holiday specialist is predicting a fourfold increase on normal booking volumes, a significant increase on peak periods last year. In response, the company has increased capacity in its call centre and online and social media teams to handle the expected deluge of bookings and enquiries from holidaymakers.

Although bookings show that Majorca, Spain and the Canary Islands are the crowd favourites, the company is also reporting a huge spike in bookings to city break destinations such as Prague, Budapest and Barcelona.

Zoe Towers, head of product at the company, added: “This year seems to be one of exploration, with people choosing to book new destinations as well as well-known hotspots, and we’re seeing this with ‘off the beaten path’ destinations such as Halkidiki, Costa de Almeria and Croatia proving very popular. With this appetite to get out, do things and see the world it means that the phrase ‘Blue Monday’ feels a bit wide of the mark this year.”

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