Although last year some Czechs did not give up visiting other countries, despite a significant decline in tourism, only about half of the people went abroad year-on-year. They were mainly interested in closer destinations. As in 2019, the most popular were London, Barcelona, Paris, Rome and this year the Spanish Malaga. The largest drop in reservations compared to 2019 occurred for flights to the USA, Morocco or Iceland. This was stated in a press release by Nina Černá, spokeswoman for the Brno ticket seller Kiwi.com.
The company’s data also show that ticket prices for the most popular European cities have fallen by ten to 20 percent. A more significant drop in prices, up to 30 percent, occurred for flights to Ukraine, Turkey, Armenia and Romania. People got flights to Albania or Bosnia and Herzegovina up to half as cheaply. “On the other hand, flights to Croatia and popular non-European destinations were more expensive. For example, the average price of a ticket to Morocco or Vietnam became more expensive by a fifth. even more people flew than in 2019, “said Černá.
Those interested booked the most tickets during the Valentine’s Day. Less than two months later, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the opposite extreme occurred, ie the largest decline of the whole year. Last year, the Czechs flew to 127 countries and visited almost 700 cities, where they stayed for less than five days on average. Almost a quarter of transactions took place in the first two months of the year.
The reservations made so far show that people want to travel this year as well. In addition to the constantly popular London, Barcelona and Málaga, reservations are also increasing in Tenerife. In addition, interest in longer flights is slowly growing, although European ones still make up the majority, 84 percent. So far, Asia makes up 5.5 percent, America 6.5 percent and Africa four percent. For the time being, they also wish passengers prices, on average they are almost ten percent lower than in 2020.
“We believe that with the introduction of the vaccine and the gradual normalization of the situation, people can travel to the fullest again. .
The slowdown in tourism due to the coronavirus pandemic also affected Brno Airport, which handled 86,089 passengers last year. Compared to 2019, this is a decrease of 84 percent.
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