Short haul flights from Britain to European destinations such as Spain are growing in popularity, whereas some long haul flights are falling behind, according to a new travel report.
Rising fuel prices and red tape have been blamed for the lack of enthusiasm for long haul travel amongst some holiday makers, a situation likely to have been exacerbated by the recent global recession.
Turmoil in the Middle East has unfortunately been indicated as a contributing factor to rising fuel prices, with the cost of a barrel of oil reaching a two and a half year high of $122 this month. This has in turn meant that fuel surcharges have been levied.
While airlines are often doing their best to swallow the costs and pass on as few as possible to travellers, it is inevitable that some flights will be affected. This means it is possible that short haul flights will continue to grow in popularity, as travellers look to holiday spots only a short flight from home.
This could lead to an increase in flights to and from popular European destinations in particular.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Sarah Smalley of travel industry analysts GFK Ascent, said that despite a 10 per cent dip in long haul bookings, packages holidays are on the rise. She explained that according to their data: “Short-haul is showing great growth, while long-haul and mid-haul travel is struggling.