Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cheaper Flights Expected as Airline Capacity Rises

Travellers looking for a European getaway this summer should benefit from more affordable flights as capacity increases, according to travel site Travelmatch.

The site assessed seat availability to destinations such as the Costa del Sol and Marmaris, and using additional data from AOG Aviation, they concluded that Brits seeking Mediterranean holidays this year should find some bargains. OAG, a global aviation information company, found that airline capacity was up by 5 per cent in 2011, compared with 2010. 317 million seats were available to travellers in April 2011 across the world, and Europe showed a 2 per cent increase in capacity during the same period.

Travelmatch expected this to produce increased competition between airlines over the summer, resulting in lower prices for UK holidaymakers looking for cheap flights to Spain and beyond. Travelmatch's Alex Francis explained that Europe's capacity increases were due to airlines focusing their attention on the most popular resorts, as well as simply being part of a global increase in capacity.

" we believe this is fantastic news for British tourists as they should see prices fall as supply increases - this will also spur competition between different airlines, which will only serve to lower the overall cost of holidays further," said Mr Francis.

"Over the past decade we have seen prices drop considerably; we expect this trend to continue as increased capacity brings down the cost of air travel,” he added. “This is very exciting news for British travellers interested in booking stays in Marmaris and other fantastic spots around the Mediterranean."