Demand for holidays in Greece and Egypt remained strong on the German package holiday market in December, according to the latest booking figures for leading destination airports.
The three Greek airports of Kos, Rhodes and Heraklion headed the growth rates, figures from reservations provider Traveltainment showed. Bookings to Kos soared by 182% last month while Rhodes was up by 68% and Heraklion by 66%. These dramatic growth rates more than compensated for the weak previous year figures and indicate strong early bookings for summer 2017 holidays in Greece.
The main Egyptian destination airport of Hurghada maintained its recent high growth rates with a 34% rise on December 2015 when demand slumped heavily. The airport had a 14% share and third place in the volume-based ranking of the top ten destination airports on the German market last month.
The continuing drop in demand for Turkey was reflected in a 34% decline in bookings to Antalya, although the Turkish Riviera gateway was the second-largest destination airport with 15% of bookings to the ten largest airports.
Among Spanish destinations, bookings to Palma weakened by 6% in December but the Majorcan airport remained by far the largest destination airport with a 23% share of bookings.
The Canary Islands had a mixed month on the German market. There was a good 8% rise in bookings to Arrecife but Fuerteventura grew just 1%, Las Palmas had flat booking figures and Tenerife South dropped by 5%.