EasyJet has is putting more flights on sale to the Canary Islands in response to a surge in customer demand for flights and holidays after the archipelago was added to the UK travel corridors list.

More than 180,000 additional seats are now available up to the end of March 2021, from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast.

The airline has added more seats to previously sold-out dates for the October half term holidays, from Gatwick and Manchester to Tenerife this Sunday and on November 1, from Manchester to Lanzarote October 25 and 31 and Gatwick to Lanzarote on October 25, 26 and 31.

It is also launching five new routes from Edinburgh to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura; from Glasgow to Tenerife and Gran Canaria; and from Belfast to Tenerife, with flights taking off from November 7.

Routes due to launch this winter from Luton to Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria have now been brought forward to November 7.

Ali Gayward, UK country manager, said: “Since the government’s announcement last night we’ve already seen a surge of demand for flights and holidays to the Canary Islands – we’ve seen a 500% increase day on day on searches – so we know that there is customer demand, they want to travel and this demonstrates they will do so when travel restrictions are relaxed.

“In response to the demand we’re seeing from our customers we’re putting additional flights on sale from today well as launching five new routes to the Canary Islands from our airports across the UK.

“We continue to encourage the government to take a lead in moving to testing, as well as the approval of new testing technologies, as soon as possible as effective testing is crucial to get people flying again.”

EasyJet customers can change flights to a later date without a fee up to 14 days ahead of departure.

Holidays are available to book up to October 2021.

Matt Callaghan, easyJet holidays customer director, said: “With each day getting colder we know just how much people are longing for some sun so we’ve welcomed today’s announcement and we can’t wait to start taking our customers back to the Canary Islands.”

Rival budget carrier Ryanair also announced 30 routes between UK airports and destinations in the Canary Islands following the addition to the UK travel corridors list, and removal from quarantine restrictions – or what it dubbed the “travel danger list”.

It launched a seat sale for flights departing between October and January over the coming weekend to “celebrate”.