Paris flight bookings continue to suffer after attacks

Paris flight bookings continue to suffer after attacks

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Flight bookings to Paris for the coming months have dipped considerably following the recent terrorist attacks, according to figures from travel data analyst ForwardKeys.

Cancellations unsurprisingly rocketed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, with those planning to travel in the following days and weeks most likely to cancel, followed by those intending to attend a United Nations climate change conference at the end of the month.

Although cancellations have now levelled out, overall bookings remain down. Data for the Christmas period suggests that bookings from key source markets were down 2% year-on-year before the attacks on November 13, but were 13% down on November 21.

ForwardKeys monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day.

According to its research, bookings for the Christmas period from the UK were 14% down before the attacks, and were 20% down one week later.

Olivier Jager, chief executive of ForwardKeys, said: “The clear picture to emerge from our data is that there were dramatic last-minute cancellations of immediate travel plans, predominantly among business travellers, following the attacks. New bookings have also dropped dramatically below the figures for the same period last year.”

The biggest drops in bookings were from the US, China, Spain and Italy.

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