Airlines are struggling to find enough planes to take holidaymakers to the Canary Islands during the half-term break, after the industry was caught short by the government’s decision to remove the islands from England’s quarantine list.

Prices for flights to the Canaries surged after the islands – along with the Maldives, Mykonos and Denmark – joined the list of “travel corridors”, meaning visitors do not have to self-isolate.

On Friday afternoon, no-frills airline Ryanair was quoting a £690 “value fare” return trip to Lanzarote, leaving on Sunday and coming back a week later.