Transatlantic bookings to Europe surge 250 per cent
There was a big jump in inbound transatlantic bookings from the US to Europe by nearly 250% in the first half of this year.
Trip.com data was higher than expected, as US travelers appear to take advantage of weaker European currencies.
Trip.com recorded a huge 678% surge in searches for US to UK flights, compared with the same period in 2021.
Meanwhile, other European countries saw a similar rise in US consumer interest, with a 614% increase in flight searches from the US to Spain, 577% increase to Italy and 491% increase to France.
Flight bookings from the US to Europe, such as the UK, Spain, Italy, France and Germany, rose by 246% in the first half, compared to the same period in 2021.
Rich Sun, Trip.com Group’s General Manager for the Americas, said: “Transatlantic travel is well and truly back and London is clearly the most popular destination.”
“Analysis of Trip.com’s latest data showed a significant surge in demand for travel, not only to the UK but also to other leading European capitals.”
“We believe the increased value of the strong US dollar versus the weaker euro and Pound Sterling means that US travellers have so much more buying power.”
Data showed that between January and July 2022, the most popular European country for US departing flights was the United Kingdom.
Spain was the second most popular, followed in turn by France, Italy and Germany.
In terms of cities, analysis highlighted London and Paris were the top European destinations for Americans with the ] New York to London route remaining the most popular for US travelers.
Over the past year, the US dollar has gained around 14% in value against the euro and pound sterling.