EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND–(Marketwire – Aug. 10, 2010) – With the summer holidays in full swing, the end of the South Africa World Cup and a mixed bag of weather for the UK all having an effect on travel patterns, cheap flights comparison site Skyscanner reveals the flight trends for July 2010.
Spain clung on to its top three spots, with Malaga, Alicante and Palma in positions one, two and three. But it lost out on fourth place as Turkey’s Dalaman continued its incredible growth spurt and overtook Tenerife, which moved down to position five.
Faro held steady at number six, Ibiza rose one place to number seven, displacing London to number eight. New York stayed firm at number nine, and Amsterdam rose three places to make it to tenth position.
Overall the biggest climbers were long haul destinations with flights to Australia and India faring particularly well. Delhi stormed up the charts rising a massive 17 places, more than any other destination, whilst Mumbai rose 11 spots. Both Melbourne and Perth moved up ten places, as did Vancouver in Canada and Auckland in New Zealand.
Closer to home, it was Turkey which fared best, with Bodrum rising eight places and Antalya rising ten, no doubt aided by rival Greece’s ongoing economic and political woes. Spain’s Fuerteventura and Menorca also performed well, rising eight and nine places respectively.
Cape Town (-22) and Johannesburg (-13) took the biggest falls as the highly successful South Africa World Cup came to a close. Kuala Lumpur also saw a drop of ten places, and closer to home Brussels fell 13 places. Domestically, Newquay and Manchester both saw falls of 16 and 10 places respectively, suggesting that the ‘staycation’ trend may not be as popular as reported.
Albania’s capital Tirana appeared for the first time in the Skyscanner Top 100, possibly heralding the start of the country’s move from relative obscurity to a more mainstream destination, following record numbers of backpackers heading there in 2009. Poland’s Gdansk, a popular resort town on the Baltic Sea and Germany’s Hamburg also entered.
China’s capital Beijing disappeared from the Top 100 all together, as did Birmingham in the UK, and Boston, USA.
For full Top 100 see Skyscanner Travel Trends July 2010.
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