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Market Recovery Update: 20 July – 2 August 2020

August 04, 2020

The current Market Recovery Update includes top 5 destinations for the Czech Republic, Spain, and Slovakia, together with top 5 European routes taken between 20 July and 2 August 2020. The update also includes the comparison of long and short-haul flights bookings and trends of virtually interlined flights versus direct.

  • The number of bookings decreased by 2,1 % compared to the number of bookings from the previous two weeks.  With some countries, including the prime holiday destination of Spain, seeing a rise in virus cases and the UK requiring citizens to self-isolate for 14 days on returning from Spain we could have been expected to see a stronger decline.  However, London to Malaga (Spain) still features as the third most popular route and the slight decrease in overall booking numbers shows confidence in travel remains.
  • Average booking window (time between booking & departing): 18 days.
  • Top 5 destinations for the Czech Republic (excluding domestic travel):
    • Spain,
    • Italy,
    • The United Kingdom,
    • Greece,
    • Ukraine.
  • Top 5 destinations for Spain (excluding domestic travel):
    • Germany,
    • The United Kingdom,
    • Italy,
    • Austria,
    • France.
  • Top 5 destinations for Slovakia (excluding domestic travel):
    • The United Kingdom,
    • Bulgaria,
    • Spain,
    • Croatia,
    • Greece.
  • Top 5 European routes (excluding domestic travel):
    • London – Athens,
    • London – Tirana,
    • London – Málaga,
    • Vienna – Athens,
    • London – Malta.
  • Short and medium-haul flights dominate bookings:
Short and long haul bookings graph
Graph showing bookings of short and long-haul flights, source: Data of
  • Virtually-interlined flights versus direct flights booked via for 20 July – 2 August 2020:
Virtually interlined and direct bookings
Virtually interlined bookings continue to be more popular than direct bookings, source: Data of
  • Third-party payment platform market recovery data across travel industry clients: and third party payment platforms comparison leads among third party payment platforms, source: Data of

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About was founded in 2012 by Oliver Dlouhý and Jozef Képesi. The travel tech company was created for travelers by travelers. Its proprietary algorithm – Virtual Interlining – allows users to combine flights and ground transportation from more than 800 carriers, including many that do not normally cooperate. powers more than 100 million searches every day and employs 2,000 people worldwide.

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