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A combination of factors will be required to unlock pent-up demand including greater global alignment on common, international standards to enable people to plan for a well-deserved holiday, says Hugh Aikten, VP of Flights at Skyscanner.

Visitors to Skyscanner.net increased by 55% immediately following the PM’s speech in the House of Commons.

Flight bookings made on 22nd February increased by 69% compared to the previous day (21st February). The top ten booked destinations yesterday from the UK (by volume of bookings) were:

  • Spain
  • Pakistan
  • United States
  • Greece
  • India
  • Turkey
  • Italy
  • UK
  • Portugal
  • Thailand

From this list the biggest movers (% increase from the previous day) were:

  • UK to Portugal + 176%
  • UK to Spain + 170% 
  • UK to Italy +122%
  • UK to Turkey + 113%
  • UK to Greece + 96%

Hugh Aikten, VP of Flights at Skyscanner, says: “It was good to see the potential re-start of international travel included in the government’s roadmap announcement yesterday. Our data shows that travellers are very well tuned into any updates about restrictions and much like the travel corridor announcements last year, we are seeing this latest news translate into a surge in travel demand.  

“That said, the importance of clear, straightforward and timely information remains paramount to restoring both traveller and industry confidence, especially relating to quarantines and pre-departure testing. Ultimately, a combination of factors will be required to unlock pent-up demand including greater global alignment on common, international standards to enable people to plan for a well-deserved holiday.”

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