Flight bookings to Paris collapsed in the week following the terrorist attacks, according to the latest figures from travel data analyst, ForwardKeys. Net bookings, which take into account both daily bookings and cancellations, were 101% down on the same period last year. Travel to Paris was hit immediately after the 13 November assaults and while the number of cancellations has now fallen considerably, new reservations are proving slow to return.
Olivier Jager, Co-founder and CEO of ForwardKeys, which monitors future travel patterns by analysing 14 million reservation transactions each day, said: “The clear picture to emerge from our data is that there were dramatic last-minute cancellations of immediate travel plans, predominantly among business travellers, following the attacks. New bookings have also dropped dramatically below the figures for the same period last year.”
The biggest drops in bookings were from the US, China, Spain and Italy.
Although the number of cancellations now appears to be levelling off, there has been a noticeable dip the day before the start of the international climate talks, COP21, in Paris beginning on 30 November.
Accumulated bookings for the Christmas holiday period - compared with last year – plateaued immediately after the 13 November attacks.
Overall the number of cancellations from 14-21 November increased 21% compared with same period last year, although they have now returned to normal levels.
The number of new bookings remains 27% down, compared with the same dates last year.
The picture for Christmas continues to look bleak with the number of bookings for travel during this period now 13% down, compared with the same period last year. Before the terror attacks, they were just 2% behind.