Demand for Christmas flights to Paris continues to slide

Demand for Christmas flights to Paris continues to slide

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Latest data on flight bookings to Paris has shown that cancellations have reduced since November's terrorist attack, but Christmas demand has fallen further back.

The latest data from ForwardKeys reveals the slump in net bookings after one week which were 101% down had recovered to being just 77% down a fortnight after the attack in which 130 people died.

New bookings were down by 25% year-on-year in both the two weeks after the November 13 attack, but cancellations in the second week were 11% lower than the previous week.

The data shows that leisure travel has been the worst affected and bookings with longer lead-in times, those with the shortest lead-in times, likely to be last minute business trips are marginally up year on year.

However, ForwardKeys says Christmas bookings have fallen further behind. The week before last, bookings for the Christmas period were 13% behind but the picture a week later shows they are now 19% behind.

Olivier Jager, ForwardKeys chief executive, said: “Put another way, in a normal year bookings for Christmas would be accumulating well now but following the attacks, enthusiasm has been dented.”

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