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Skyscanner: Sydney, Bangkok, and Moscow airports should prepare for holiday surge

The festive period always drives an increase in travel and, consequently, busier travel hubs.

The festive period always drives an increase in travel and, consequently, busier travel hubs. But some of the world’s airports will experience a heavier than normal surge in passengers across the holidays, a Skyscanner study has revealed.

Based on Skyscanner’s search and booking data from passengers travelling between 20th December 2016 and 10th January 2017, the analysis shows that Sydney, Bangkok, and Moscow airports should be extra prepared for the additional footfall they will receive over the Christmas period. Australia’s busiest and largest airport should expect a massive 27% increase in visitors to and from the airport, compared with average visits throughout the year. Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi will also see a rush of travelers with a 26% increase on normal levels, while Moscow’s Sheremetyevo will witness a 26% spike.

The analysis also drills down further to reveal which airports will see the greatest uptick in passengers during any single day over the period. Zurich comes in top for a single day boost with a huge 10.7% of its total festive footfall occurring on the 23rd of December, possibly indicating a higher volume of flights as the last business day before Christmas comes to an end. Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport will see its biggest increase, with 10.3% of its total festive visitors departing or arriving on the 30th December – perhaps suggesting Russia’s most popular destination is also a hit for New Year’s eve tourism.

Head of Business Development for Skyscanner Analytics Faical Allou commented, “The festive period can be one of the busiest times of year for airports, with increasing numbers of passengers to process.

Preparation is therefore key, and being aware of the levels of flights that will arrive at and depart from different hubs, ahead of time, is a key advantage. Skyscanner’s Travel Insight data is unique in that it can reveal detailed forward demand for routes, in addition to search and booking volumes based on the travel search engine’s more than 50 million monthly visitors. This kind of information can play a vital role in airport’s decision making and forecasting, as well as exposing commercial opportunities.”