Holiday flights during the half-year are an average of 42% more expensive than before the coronavirus pandemic, a new analysis has found.
Consumer Group Which? warned that the typical price for a one-way ticket during the October school holidays booked six months, three months and six weeks in advance was £212.
The cost for the same period in 2019 was just £150.
Rising fuel costs, huge demand due to lack of travel, and passenger caps at airports have all been blamed for the price hike.
The? analyzed data company Skytra’s prices for flights from six of England’s busiest airports – Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham – to six popular destinations, namely Alicante, Antalya, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Tenerife.
The largest price increase was on flights from Heathrow to Tenerife.
Passengers who book six weeks before departure paid an average of £262 more each way than in 2019, adding £2,096 to the cost of a holiday for a family of four, according to which?.
Simultaneously booked flights from Gatwick to Dublin rose from £42 in 2019 to £160 this year.
Due to staff shortages in the entire aviation industry, many holidaymakers suffered from flight cancellations and long queues at airports in the first half of the year.
Guy Hobbs, editor of which? Travel, said: “Travellers have had a hot period this year and our analysis shows that they are paying for their problems through their noses.
“With airfares this high, it is all the more important that airports and airlines are held accountable for the unacceptable disruption travelers are experiencing.
“The government should give the Civil Aviation Authority more powers to impose large fines on operators if they break the rules.”
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