Examining data for three of its most popular route

first_imgExamining data for three of its most popular routes from the UK, Skyscanner found that, although overall search numbers were up in 2008, users searched for flights an average of 146 days ahead of when they planned to travel, but in 2009 this dropped to just 34 days.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director commented:“There are two obvious reasons for this trend for later bookings. In the middle of the UK’s worst recession in decades many people didn’t want to book holidays too far in advance, in case they lost their jobs.“People also need to feel confident about the viability of airlines. Over the last 18 months, a number of airlines have folded and people are much more cautious of losing flights if they book too far ahead.“The irony of this is that although people are understandably keen to be financially prudent, it can be self-defeating as it’s almost always cheaper to book flights in advance – prices tend to rise the closer you get to the date of departure.”This wisdom was reinforced by cheap flight hunters commenting on Skyscanner’s Facebook page:“I book early if possible – it’s definitely cheaper. I pay on my credit card so don’t care if an airline goes bust – that is what insurance is for” said one user.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Skyscanner has reported a significant change in the way people are booking flights since the global downturn began. RelatedFlights to Edinburgh prove popular ahead of festivalMore people are expected to book flights to Edinburgh this month as travellers head to the city’s famous Fringe festivalSkyscanner German traffic up 13% following Lufthansa strike disruptionSkyscanner’s German site (www.Skyscanner.de) saw a 13% rise in traffic as travellers scrambled to find replacement flightsWhat are Skyscanner’s quality ratings all about?We don’t like to brag, but sometimes there are just too many great deals to choose from on our site! To make your choice a little bit easier, we’ve introduced a new feature: Quality ratings. But what is it, how do we calculate it and how can it help you…last_img read more