As Article 50 was triggered this week, we conducted a survey* into UK travellers’ summer holiday plans. From that survey we found:
• Four-out-of-five people expect the price of their summer holidays to increase due to Brexit
• The average estimated price of a European holiday is set to increase by £363
• Younger travellers are 20% more pessimistic of the impact on their plans, with 18-35 year olds anticipating the cost of an average summer holiday to increase by more than £500
• One-third are looking to make alternative holiday arrangements and travel to destinations outside the Euro currency zone
• UK travellers are calling on the Government to lower taxes as Brexit fuels higher travel costs
Glyn Jones, CEO of Stobart Aviation (which owns London Southend Airport) commented: “There are two ways of looking at this. One is that we can all expect to pay significantly more for our typical family holidays within the Euro currency zone this summer. Or, more positively, it could simply be a case of ‘Goodbye Zante, Hello Zadar’ as UK travellers opt for destinations outside of the currency zone, and explore new places. What I am certainly calling for is that the Government should, without delay, reduce the controversial Airport Passenger Duty.”
London Southend Airport flies to around 30 destinations – both inside and outside the Euro currency zone – including Venice, Prague, Lyon, Reus, Cologne, Budapest, Perpignan, Milan, Dubrovnik, Vienna and, of course, Zadar in Croatia.
*The survey by London Southend Airport was conducted 24 – 27 March and attracted more than 1000 respondents from across the UK.