Ryanair has resumed flights ten days earlier than expected.

The no-frills carrier was due to restart services on July 1 but brought forward the date to yesterday (Sunday), the same day Spain lifted its border restrictions to holidaymakers.

A flight to Alicante in Spain left East Midlands Airport on Sunday at 3.45pm with a total of 16 Ryanair flights scheduled to and from the airport until the end of the month.

A flight from Manchester airport also operated to Tenerife.

A Ryanair spokesperson said: “Although we are officially back with 1,000 daily flights from 1 July (across the network), some routes are starting from 21 June.”

The Foreign Office currently advises against all but essential overseas travel and those returning to the UK must quarantine for 14 days.

The Spanish airport authority said travellers to Spain from Sunday will have to pass three health checks but Britons would not have to quarantine on arrival.

The first control will be a document that the traveller must fill in with information on their location during their trip and whether or not they have had coronavirus.

The second and third will involve having their temperature taken at the arrival airport and a visual inspection. If the passenger fails one of the three checks, he or she will be seen by a doctor, The Mirror reported.