Over 112,000 Brits on Holiday in Portugal as It Goes on Amber List

New data shows that as of 31st May (the most recent data available) 112,177 Brits are currently in Portugal on holiday.

From May 17th (when Portugal became a green list country) until May 31st, a total of 221,064 Brits travelled out to the country. As of May 31st, the number of Brits who had travelled back from Portugal stood at 108,887. That leaves the 112,177 currently stuck there.

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Conrad Poulson, chief executive officer at Huq Industries, comments: “Assuming the largest capacity Boeing 737 or equivalent can carry around 230 people that equates to around 487 flights to get every one of the remaining 112,177 people home. When you also factor in the five-day window before Portugal goes on the amber list, this rough calculation gives a sense of the scale of the issue for holidaymakers and those charged with getting them home.”

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    The research was carried out by Huq Industries, a mobility research business. Huq counted the number of mobile panellists observed moving between the UK and Portugal from one day to the next and vice versa during May, and compared the historical values to the Civil Aviation Authority’s historical air passenger data to produce a weighted and validated result.

    Huq’s extensive dataset of real-time population mobility data, comprised of 1bn+ mobile geo-location data-points daily, is used by retailers, investors and the public sector to measure footfall across a range of consumer, business and industrial settings.

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