Brit holidaymakers who have missed out on their annual trip to the Spanish tourist hotspots could be waiting even longer to visit their favourite resorts.

While Spain and its islands usually draw around 18 million UK visitors each year, the number has plummeted thanks to the UK government's quarantine restrictions, resorts in lockdown and airlines scrapping flights.

And as the country battles a second wave of coronavirus, the number of those testing positive for the disease is surging leading to harsher restrictions for both residents and visitors.

Despite the government advising against non-essential travel to all areas of Spain, some UK airlines are continuing to operate flights to and from. But confidence in international travel remains low, and many seats remain unsold with operators forced to massively cut back flight schedules and cancel trips.

Government officials in Majorca have revealed they wanted to "reactivate tourism" as soon as possible.

But those in the Costa Blanca - the region containing Benidorm - have already written off 2020.

Spanish politicians agreed there were many obstacles before the travel corridors with the UK could be reinstated, but stressed the desire to lift restrictions.

However, Spain is now averaging 105 Covid-linked deaths a day with 319.7 infections per 100,000 population across the past 14 days. A partial lockdown has already been reimposed in the capital city of Madrid.

There are real fears the spike in cases could lead to a new national lockdown.

The country was one of the hardest-hit when coronavirus first hit Europe earlier in the year and the Spanish authorities imposed a strict three-month shutdown allowing citizens only to leave their homes to shop for essential supplies or walk dogs.

And the surge in cases means Spain is unlikely to be added to the UK quarantine exempt list for some time.

Businesses in Magaluf, the popular party resort located in Majorca have called Summer 2020 'disastrous' - but have pledged to fight back.

But it could be months before they are allowed to begin to recoup in a post-pandemic world.