FLIGHTS TO THE EMIRATES GROW ON EXPEDIA
Leading online travel site reveals top source markets and inboundflights to the UAE
Dubai, UAE, 16April 2015– Expedia.com®, one of the world's largest full service online travel sites1, today released results of data analysis examiningtravel growth to the United Arab Emirates.The research examines the increase of airline passenger traffic andthe most popular flight origins, with London taking the lead over other key international hubs.
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Expedia Senior Editor Eman Barhoumeh, said: “Expediawitnessed a notable rise of flights booked on Expedia.com to the UAE in recent years. In particular, Dubai has firmly established itself as both a key tourist destination and leading hub for business travel, as demonstrated by recent year-on-year growth of nearly 25% for travel to that destination. Additionally, Abu Dhabi International Airport witnessed record breaking figures during Q1 2015(Abu Dhabi Airport) and we are looking forward to its expansion, which is due to provide a new capacity of 40 million passengers per year. There is also increasing consumer interest in Sharjah, so will be keeping a keen eye on passenger trends in the months ahead.”
She continues: “The UAE has traditionally been a favorite destination with British business people as well as holidaymakers seeking guaranteed sunshine.Travelers from the UK continue to make up the largest share of inbound travelers, but we are now seeing emerging development in flight bookings and searches from further afield such as Canada and the United States, as the UAE becomes an increasingly popular destination.”
Flight bookings on Expediato the UAE have experienced a strong upsurgeincreasing just over 25%from 2013 to 2014. The most popular flight origin is London, with almost five times as many tickets sold compared with Manchester, ranking second.
Top origins of flight bookings to the UAE from 2013 to 2014 include:
6. Kuwait City
10. New York City
Flight bookings on Expedia into the capital city of Abu Dhabi have risen by approximately 50%from 2013 to 2014. Bookings to Abu Dhabi are expected to continue this growth trend asExpedia has recently seen a more than 10% increase indemand for that destination.This corresponds to therecent news from Abu Dhabi International Airport on the record breaking growth of passenger traffic of 20%, reaching 20 million passengers last year, and similar traffic predicted by authorities for this year. Top flight origins into the capital are London and Manama.
Top 10 flight origins for guests travelling to Abu Dhabi:
7. Kuwait City
10. New York
Flight bookings to Dubai International Airport have steadilyexpanded on the site, with a recent increase of almost25%in year-over-year. London and Manchester top the charts as leading flight origin destinations into Dubai.
Top 10 flight origins for guests travelling to Dubai:
4. Kuwait City
The data analysis also revealed that flight bookings made from Canada have experienced the strongest development from 2013 to 2014, increasing 35%.Additionally, flights booked to Dubai from the UK have strengthened by 27%over the same two year period, and Saudi Arabia and France by24%.
Finally, flight bookings to the surrounding Emirates have also recently increased over the past year, with a 17%boost in searches for Sharjah Airport.
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