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Holidaymakers delighted to embark on their first overseas flights after a ‘long and cold winter’

Holidaymakers said they were “delighted” to have boarded the first flights to Portugal, as travel restrictions were relaxed for people in England and Wales on Monday.

The first day of pleasure travel to a handful of government-approved countries saw key workers go on beach vacations, Britons reunited with overseas partners, and passengers finally cleared to fly after months of cancellations due to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the managing directors of easyJet and Gatwick Airport have urged the Prime Minister to add more popular European holiday destinations to the green list as soon as possible.

At Gatwick Airport, restaurant manager Amanda Brown told PA it was “amazing” to be able to see her boyfriend, who lives in Portugal, after eight months apart and six flight cancellations, while ‘she was getting on the first flight to Faro early on Monday morning.

Ms Brown, 48, said: “I’m so excited – I didn’t sleep well last night. So yeah, it’s amazing, I love it, it’s really good to see everything come back to some kind of normalcy.

“I plan to go to the beach and see my boyfriend. I haven’t seen him since October.

She added: “I found it quite easy to get through the airport, no queues or anything really.

“There’s a little bit of anxiety about the build-up because obviously you have to take a test before you go, it was a little anxious to wait for the result to come back.”

Royal Mail postman Gary Underdown, 33, said he was ‘shocked’ at how quickly he and his family got through airport security on the morning of their flight.

Traveling with his partner Georgina Raven, who also works for Royal Mail, and their young son, he said: ‘We can’t wait to get there, we’ve been waiting a long time.’

When asked what they were planning to do in Faro, he replied, “Not a lot. We are key workers, we work for Royal Mail, we have been working a lot and very hard for a year so we just want a break.

He added: “I was shocked, we got there really early waiting for the six hour queues, and we walked straight ahead, straight ahead and sat there for three and a half hours. ‘waiting.”

Kevin Nash, 66, chairman of the company, traveling with his wife Pauline, both from Essex, said: “We are very happy to be going on holiday … this is the first time we have booked and c ‘is the first flight, so we’re delighted – and it’s been a long, cold winter at home, so we can’t wait to be there.

When asked what they were planning to do in Faro, he replied, “Open the doors to our villa and look out to sea and just go ‘Ahhh’.”

Ms. Nash, a 54-year-old housewife, added, “And then have a cocktail.

“It’s just the freedom to be able to do it again – and it feels safe.”

Another passenger, real estate developer Essy Kamaie, added that he was “excited” to travel abroad after canceling a previous trip, and booked his ticket just two hours before the flight.


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