KAYAK Flight Search Trends Reveal Early Signs of Recovery
"We're making our search data available to inform and reassure the travel community," said
The dashboard offers information on global flight search trends (a daily look at how COVID-19 impacted flight searches globally relative to the same day last year), domestic versus international search trends and search trends by destination city (cities seeing the biggest spikes in searches compared to the week and year prior). The data will be updated daily through at least the end of the year.
KAYAK search data reveals:
- The big drop. Flight searches in
the United States, France, United Kingdom, and Germanyreached their lowest point between April 6-8. Flight searches started trending upwards in May. In Latin America, flight searches are continuing to trend downward.
- Travelers turn away from urban hotspots. In the US, international cities like
London, Tokyoand Parisare being replaced with searches for Anchorage, Miamiand San Juan. In Europe, cities like Milan, Venice, Nice and Ibiza are seeing the biggest drops, replaced by searches for towns in Portugaland Greece.
- Domestic travel rebounds first. Domestic travel searches in the US,
Europeand Asia Pacificare growing at a faster rate than international searches. Australia, Spain, the United States, and Franceare seeing the biggest shifts to domestic.
- News of easing restrictions is motivating travelers. Across the globe, cities with eased travel restrictions are gaining momentum the fastest. In the US,
Las Vegassaw the biggest spike in searches following the reopening of casinos. Southern cities are a close second. In Europe, it's Italy, Franceand Portugal. In Asia Pacific, searches in South Korea, Taiwan, Australiaand Japanare returning to 2019 levels for some major domestic destinations.
- This summer, Europeans may encounter very few American tourists. US searches to
Europeare down 65% YoY.
To help travelers navigate a post-COVID-19 world, KAYAK also developed new resources to give travelers more information including an interactive Travel Restrictions Map detailing entry restrictions by state and country and a Flexible Travel Filter to easily identify travel options with free cancellations.
For more information on KAYAK's data or to visit the resource center, click here.
About the Data
The data represents indexed flight search volume across KAYAK brands in the listed origin countries. The city, country, and region is determined by the airport location. Aggregate year over year calculations use the current day compared to the same day of the week in the previous year. City and country destination week over week and year over year calculations use the week average. For example, the average of
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