Destination airports

Antalya up 26% in July thanks to last-minute Turkey bookings

Strong late sales of summer holidays in Turkey drove a 26% rise in bookings to Antalya in July while Egypt continued a dramatic comeback with 65% growth for Hurghada, according to new figures.

September 05, 2017
Antalya welcomed more German tourists in July
Photo: Antalya Airport

The 26% year-on-year increase for package bookings to Antalya Airport in July, shown in the latest monthly figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment, follow on from a 19% rise in June. These growth rates reflect strong late sales for the Turkish Riviera, driven by low prices, but also the low comparison basis last summer.

Meanwhile, the dramatic recovery in demand for Egypt this year was confirmed by the 65% surge in bookings to Hurghada in July. Bookings had already doubled in the two previous months, confirming the airport’s ranking as the third-largest destination airport for German holidaymakers.

In contrast, there was a sharp downturn in German bookings to the largest Greek destination airports in July following a gradual slowdown in demand in May and June. Bookings to Heraklion on Crete tumbled by 23% and Rhodes fell by 15%, although Kos showed a 7% rise. However, these declines come after very high growth rates for Greece in late 2016 and early 2017, and possibly signal either capacity shortages or a switch by some potential customers to Turkey.

In Spain, the overall top destination airport, Palma, lost business in July with a 6% drop in bookings after a 6% rise in June. Similarly, demand was lower for the Canary Islands with lower figures for Las Palmas (-3%), Fuerteventura (-10%) and Tenerife South (-8%). Low prices for Egypt may have played a role in depressing demand for the Canary Islands.

Elsewhere, demand for Bulgaria weakened in July with a 12% fall in bookings to Varna.

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