Hot European summer. Kiwi.com reveals summer booking data
- Kiwi.com reports 25% more bookings for summer travel in Europe already this year compared to 2022 and a 90% increase compared to pre-pandemic 2019
13 June 2023 – Global travel tech company, Kiwi.com, revealed summer booking data* showing the rising interest in summer travel, despite the rising cost of flying. According to the company’s insight, travel to Europe during the coming summer period saw a 25% increase compared to last year and a 90% increase compared to pre-pandemic 2019. Global summer travel shows a similar trend, with a rise of 38% compared to 2022.
Flights booked through Kiwi.com for European summer this year are, on average, 21% more expensive than last year; however, 8% cheaper than pre-pandemic. Today, short-haul flights (>1499km) are 9% cheaper than in 2019. Compared to 2022, flight prices have increased significantly – this year, the price for short-haul is 20% more expensive and long-haul is 12% more expensive than in the same period last year.
Mario Gavira, Vice President of Growth at Kiwi.com, said, “This marked increase in bookings is indicative of the enormous appetite for travel this year, and we expect further increase in bookings as we enter the summer period, despite increasing prices and reduced capacity. Customers will be flexible by adapting their travel plans to destinations and transport modes that are adjusted to their budget, but will not be willing to give up on their holidays.”
This summer, the most booked European destinations on Kiwi.com are Spain, Italy, Greece, the UK, and France, and the top summer city destinations are London, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, and Paris. Globally, same city destinations make the top five list, and Spain takes the lead in countries for summer travel, with Italy and the USA, coming in the 2nd and 3rd place.
So far, the top European routes this summer are Vienna-Rome, London-Istanbul, and Prague-Rome. At the same time, Bangkok-Phuket City, Singapore-Denpasar, and Bangkok-Chiang Mai make the top three routes globally. By checking the global data, Kiwi.com travelers mainly depart from European airports, with the most popular airports being Vienna International Airport, Václav Havel Airport Prague, Barcelona–El Prat, Airport Copenhagen, and Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas.
This summer’s top travelers are Americans, Ukrainians, British, Spanish, and Polish. Based on Kiwi.com data, nationalities such as Ukrainians, Polish, British, Italians, and Spanish travel the most in Europe.
*Bookings made on Kiwi.com from January until June to travel between June to August (2023, 2022, and 2019)
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Kiwi.com is a leading global travel tech company headquartered in the Czech Republic, employing over 1,200 people worldwide. Kiwi.com’s innovative algorithm enables users to find better route options and prices other search engines can’t see, performing billions of price checks per day across 95% of global flight content. 100 million searches are carried out every day on Kiwi.com’s website and partner channels. On average over 70,000 seats are sold daily.
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