Published on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Long-haul air fares plunge by almost a fifth

Airfares have dropped by an average of 10% over the past 12 months with longhaul ticket prices down by an average of 7%, according to Skyscanner.

The fare comparison site said the biggest price drop was on flights to Vancouver, with fares down 18% year on year.

It said the typical cost of a flight to the Canadian city was now £576, down £126.

Fares to Boston are down by 13%, according to Skyscanner, while to Hong Kong they are down 12%.

Fares to popular cities such as Havana, the capital of Cuba, Auckland, Shanghai, Bali, Orlando, Toronto and Perth are all at least 10% cheaper this year than last, it said.

Flights to Sydney and Las Vegas cost about 9% less. The best time to book for the lowest fares is 13 to 29 weeks before departure, depending on the destination, it said.

According to Skyscanner, domestic fares have fallen by 7.5%. Its travel editor Cat McGloin added: "We have seen an average 10% drop in flight prices over the last year, but what we are now able to see is where the biggest drops are for those long haul destinations and show travellers that those far flung locations might be more affordable than they think.

"Finding cheap prices can be easily if travellers are flexible, choosing to depart from a different airport or changing the date of travel are just two quick hacks to consider."

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  • Wait til recession kicks in

    It will be like 2007 all over again. Trump, Korea Syrian & terrorism. Flights to Paris via Korea can't be given away.

    By Michael Anderson, Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Best time to book for xmas

    Is a lot more than 29 weeks

    By Michael Anderson, Saturday, April 22, 2017

  • Only problem is the exchange rate is 20% worse!!

    The fares for long haul flights may well have dropped in terms in price per ticket, the only problems is that the exchange rate of sterling to dollar is 20% worse which has effectively increased the prices for UK travelers !!

    By Geoff Lord, Thursday, April 20, 2017

  • Not really

    SOME economy fares have dropped, but business and many Premium economy fares have rocketed. Someone has to pay for these cheap ticket.

    By ** Jetwash **, Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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