Half-term airfares up 42% on pre-COVID levels

By Marco Marcelline
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Half-term airfares from England’s six busiest airports are up by an average of 42% on pre-COVID levels.

According to Which? Travel, fares from Heathrow to popular destinations such as Tenerife, Dublin and Malaga are up 159%, 181% and 216% since 2019. 

The consumer watchdog also found that a family of four booking six weeks in advance have paid £2,096 more for return flights from Heathrow to Tenerife in 2022 than in 2019.

Which? compared the average price of flights to six popular destinations – Alicante, Antalya, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Tenerife from England’s busiest airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham. Which? Looked at fares six months, three months and six weeks before the October half-term in 2019 and 2022.

The steepest jump in average prices was seen at Heathrow, where numbers have been capped at 100,000 a day until the end of the half-term break. 

Guy Hobbs, Editor of Which? Travel said: “Travellers have had a torrid time this year and our analysis shows they’re paying through the nose for their trouble.”

Skytra Chief Executive Elise Weber said: “Holidaymakers travelling from London airports to popular family destinations, such as Tenerife and Malaga, have been hit particularly hard – with rising fuel costs, pent up demand and airport passenger caps all contributing to higher fares.”

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