Ryanair optimistic Brits will travel this summer

Brits will likely get to go on overseas holidays this summer.

That was the optimistic claim made by budget airline Ryanair on Wednesday (March 24).

Chief Executive Michael O'Leary said he was 'reasonably confident' British tourists would travel across Europe in June, July and August.

He based his claim on the rapid speed of the UK's vaccine rollout - with half the adult population now having received one dose.

O'Leary said Ryanair planned to operate 80% of its normal summer schedule from July to September after a surge in bookings from the UK and Germany.

It's a positive tone taken by O'Leary, but many airlines and travel companies across Europe fear a second lost summer could be on the way.

UK politicians and scientists urged customers not to book flights for fear they could bring new variants back into the country.

Britain currently bans all foreign travel - except for work, education or health reasons.

The government is due to review that in April - and could possibly lift the ban from May 17.