Airlines: good demand for the winter | current tourism

The chaos at various German airports during the recent autumn holidays caused a lot of anger among vacationers, but it also shows that the recovery in air traffic that began in summer continues in autumn and winter.

Strong demand for winter destinations

At the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings, for example, many routes to Greece, Spain or the Canary Islands were “almost fully booked” during the holidays.

And the winter business is also going well. “We are currently experiencing strong demand, as many guests want to head for a sunny destination in the cooler half of the year after the rainy summer,” explains Oliver Lackmann, head of the holiday airline TUI Fly. Accordingly, competitor Condor can confirm that classic winter destinations such as the Canary Islands or Egypt are experiencing a comeback on the medium haul.

The same applies to the typical long-distance destinations in the cold season. “In addition to the Caribbean, Mexico and the Indian Ocean are in great demand on long-haul routes,” said a Condor spokeswoman.

Flexibility is the key

The upswing is also being fueled by the current North American boom as a result of the border openings. Lufthansa, for example, announced a few weeks ago that there is strong demand for flights to the USA, especially for December, which is why the crane group immediately increased flights to New York around Christmas time, among other things.

The industry will have to find the flexibility for spontaneous capacity adjustments for a long time – not only because more and more countries are appearing on the tourist map as the fight against pandemics progresses. The pronounced short-term trend is also unbroken, as industry experts determine.

You can read the detailed market report and other articles in the main topic Airlines / Airports, which will appear next week in the next issue of touristik aktuell (ta 43-44 / 2021).

Thomas Riebesehl

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