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Turkish hopes dashed as Antalya bookings slump again

Hopes of a comeback for Turkey have been hit by another double-digit drop in package bookings to Antalya, according to new figures for April which also showed a continued surge for Egypt, solid demand for Greece but weaker bookings for Majorca.

May 16, 2017
German bookings to Antalya slumped again last month.
Photo: Flughafen Antalya

After two months of single-digit falls, with a 9% drop in March and a 7% fall in February, the latest booking figures for leading destination airports on the German package holiday market showed a return to the previous heavy year-on-year declines for the Turkish Riviera gateway airport. Bookings for Antalya slumped by as much as 26% last month, although it comfortably retained its position as the second-largest destination airport.

Top-ranked Palma also showed a 2% fall in bookings in the latest sign that capacity might be getting tight for the leading Spanish holiday island, the figures from leading reservations provider Traveltainment showed. This followed falls in the first three months of 2017: -5% in March, -16% in February and -12% in January.

In contrast, Hurghada maintained its strong growth of recent months with a 34% rise in bookings, leaving it in third place in the top ten ranking. This figure, which follows extremely high growth rates in the first three months of this year (+72% in March, +52% in February and +102% in January), reflects the clear comeback for Red Sea beach holidays on the German market.

Greece continued to show good demand last month, albeit with lower increases than the high double-digit increases seen in the last few months. Heraklion on Crete had an 8% rise compared to increases of 39% in March, 31% in February and 36% in January. Rhodes had a slight 1% rise last month while Kos was up by a strong 20%.

The Greece demand trend was confirmed by a separate price comparison by Traveltainment which showed that the average price of a Crete package holiday, with flights to/from Heraklion, increased by 4.2% last month compared to April 2016.

Demand for the Canary Islands was generally better in April than in the previous months. Fuerteventura returned to the growth trail with a 7% increase in bookings after three months of declines. Similarly, Las Palmas showed growth, with a 1% rise, after three successive months with lower bookings. However, Tenerife South again struggled with a 5% drop last month, the fourth month in a row with lower bookings.

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