England’s travel green list sends Madeira flight bookings soaring | Coronavirus

Notorious crosswinds can make for some nauseating landings and a relatively short runway is not for the faint-hearted.

Yet after months of lockdown it seems that not even the reputation of its international airport is deterring people in England from looking to Madeira, which has had the biggest jump in popularity among destinations on the government quarantine-free travel “green list”.

Daily booking volumes recorded by Skyscanner for flights to the Atlantic archipelago jumped by 625% on Friday after Portugal became the only major European “sun and sand” destination for which self-isolation would not be necessary on a return for people in England.

With the country now hoping to welcome tourists back from next week, the Portuguese government is expected to outline its plan for the reactivation of the sector on Thursday.

Other figures provided to the Guardian by Skyscanner for economy-class return flights from the UK, showed that planned travel to Gibraltar went up by 335%.

The other major choice was Israel, for which the daily booking volume was up by 290%. The green light for quarantine-free travel to the country with the world’s highest vaccination rate is also being seen as a lifeline for the airline industry.