Half-term flights are on average 42% more expensive than they were before the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new analysis.
Which consumer group? says the usual one-way fare for a week-long school break in October booked six months, three months and six weeks in advance is £212, compared with £150 for the same period in 2019.
Rising fuel costs, pent-up travel demand and airport passenger limits are thought to be responsible for this increase.
What? analyzed prices from data firm Skytra for flights from six of the UK’s busiest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham – to six popular destinations: Alicante, Antalya, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Tenerife.
The biggest increases were seen on flights from Heathrow to Tenerife.
Passengers who booked tickets six weeks before departure paid an average of £262 more each way than in 2019 – an extra £2,096 on holiday costs for a family of four, Which? speak.
Flights from Gatwick to Dublin booked at the same time have increased from £42 in 2019 to £160 this year.
Guy Hobbs, editor of which newspaper? Travelers have had a bad time this year, and our analysis shows they are paying the price for their troubles, says Travel.
“With fares so high, it’s more important that airports and airlines be held accountable for the unacceptable disruption travelers face.
“The government should give the Civil Aviation Authority stronger powers so it can hit operators with heavy fines when they comply with the regulations.”