Destination airports

Hurghada bookings double and Greece soars as Spain falls back

Egypt is making a strong comeback and demand for Greece remains high but lower bookings suggest Majorca and the Canaries might be starting to sell out, according to the latest booking figures for leading destination airports.

February 07, 2017
Hurghada bookings doubled in January.
Photo: Binter/Wikimedia Commons gemeinfrei

Package holiday bookings doubled for the main Egyptian destination airport of Hurghada in January as German holidaymakers regained confidence in the destination after last year’s dramatic slump, figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed. Hurghada, which has enjoyed high double-digit growth rates in recent months, was the third-ranked airport with a 12% share of bookings for the ten largest destinations for German package holidaymakers.

Greece remained in strong demand in January, although the growth rates were lower than the extremely high figures seen in December. Bookings for Kos doubled last month, Heraklion was up by 36% and Rhodes by 44%. These figures left Heraklion in 6th place, Rhodes in 8th place and Kos 10th in the top ten ranking.

In contrast, package holidays bookings for Majorca and the Canary Islands weakened in January compared to the same month last year. There were declines of 12% in bookings to Palma, 11% to Fuerteventura, 8% to Las Palmas and Tenerife South, and 3% to Arrecife. Given the strong demand for Spain in recent months, this could indicate that capacity is beginning to run short for the top destinations.

Meanwhile, bookings for Antalya continued to fall compared to the already weak previous year’s figures with a 32% decline in January. However, the Turkish Riviera gateway remained the second-largest destination airport with 13% of bookings to the ten largest airports.

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