Published on : Saturday, March 19, 2022
As COVID-19 restrictions are easing and travelers are shrugging off the increased costs of the plane tickets and road trips from rising fuel prices, various American booking sites are seeing higher demand for spring and summer leisure travel. Jamie Lane, the VP of research at AirDNA said that they are seeing strong booking activities for the spring and the summer breaks. Their data shows that the booking pace for travel in the northern hemisphere in the spring is 49% higher than this time the previous year, and 26% higher than the pre-pandemic 2019.
The Chief Strategy Officer at Hopper, a travel booking app, Dakota Smith, said that the app Hopper, is popular among younger travelers. The app has seen a 50% increase in travel booking since fourth-quarter 2021. Due to the war and various reasons the price of oil has been rising, the costs of the flights are rising and the airline companies are hoping that strong demand to deal with the rising fuel costs. Business travel and urban locations have yet to recover to the pre-pandemic levels, according to AirDNA.
The bookings to Europe from the US have seen a drop from 21% of Hopper’s international bookings to 15% since 12th February, according to Hopper’s data. The international bookings are shifting to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. These locations now represent 61% of Hopper’s international bookings. Europe accounted for approximately 30% of Hopper’s international bookings in 2019.