Kiwi.com: 2022 Christmas holiday travel trends
- Tickets for short and medium-haul flights remained cheaper than before the pandemic
- United States, Thailand, and Spain are the most booked destinations for the holidays on Kiwi.com
15 December 2022 – Bookings for this holiday period have seen a 15% rise globally compared to 2019, Kiwi.com data shows. The most booked countries are the States, Thailand, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom, while on city-level Bangkok, London, Milan, Kuala Lumpur, and Paris are on top. Bangkok to Phuket City, Lima to Cusco, and Tel Aviv to Budapest are among the top-booked routes.
In terms of prices of the tickets, an average increase can be seen, however, when looking into prices of tickets per flight duration – short-haul flights (0-1499km) are still cheaper than pre-pandemic 2019, while prices of tickets for medium (1500-3999km) and long-haul flights (4000km+) have increased.
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Most travel was booked for the week of 19 December and specifically on the day of 23 December. Those booking return flights mostly stay one to two weeks at their destination (31%) or four to six days (27%).
The nationalities traveling mostly on a global level this holiday season are Americans, Italians, British and French.
On a European level, bookings are seeing an increase of 10% compared to pre-pandemic, with Spain, Italy, the UK, Poland and France being the most booked by European travelers this holiday season. London-Milan, London-Dublin, Bucharest-London, Warsaw-Paris, and Vienna-Barcelona, are among the most booked routes on Kiwi.com to travel from Europe and, similarly to global stats, prices for short and medium-haul flights remain cheaper than pre-pandemic, while long-haul flights have become more expensive.
Italians, British, Romanians, Spanish, and Polish are the nationalities traveling mostly from Europe.
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Notes to Editors
*Bookings made whenever to travel between 18.12-08.01 of the mentioned year.
Kiwi.com is a leading global travel tech company headquartered in the Czech Republic, employing over 1,500 people worldwide. Kiwi.com’s innovative algorithm enables users to find better route options and prices other search engines can’t see, performing 2 billion price checks per day across 95% of global flight content. 100 million searches are carried out every day on Kiwi.com’s website and an average of over 50,000 seats are sold daily.
Elena Sokolnikova, PR & Communications Consultant, Kiwi.com