New research into global long-haul travel plans for 2018 suggests a bright outlook for many countries with travellers looking to fly almost everywhere except the USA.
The data from Spain-based consultancy ForwardKeys, which helps forecast future travel by analysing around 17 million flight booking transactions a day, shows that global long-haul flight bookings are 10.4 per cent ahead of the same time last year. The notable exception to the generally bright outlook is the USA, where the climate is expected to be somewhat cooler than the rest of the world.
Looking back on 2017, the world has just experienced an outstanding year for long-haul travel. Globally, mercury in the intercontinental flight arrival barometer touched the +7.0% growth mark. Inbound air travel to the Asia Pacific region was sunny, up 4.4%. To Africa and the Middle East, intercontinental flight arrivals were decidedly humid, up 11.5% and to Europe, they were stifling, up 13.3%. The only negative was the Americas, where growth was virtually frozen – it was just 0.1% up on 2016.
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Global long-haul travel on the up but USA falters