There has been a spike in search of flights for Turkey in September. As the UK adds more tourist destinations in its quarantine list.
However, Istanbul, Dalaman, and Antalya are now in Skyscanner’s top 10 most-searched destinations. Skyscanner says this has happened for the first time for the month of September.
Countries on the Quarantine List
Spain was the first country to miss out from the Travel Corridor List at the end of July. Since then the UK has added many countries to the quarantine list based on the increase in cases. These countries include holiday hotspots such as France, Portugal, and Croatia.
Turkey on the Safe List
However, Turkey is on the Foreign Office’s safe list. It is one of the countries left where travelers do not need to quarantine for 14 days after returning to the UK.
The result has been a surge in interest in the country at an atypical time of the year, according to comparison sites.
However, the searches for destinations in Turkey have gone up by 115 percent. It has happened between the last two weeks of August (12 to 31) and the first two weeks of September (1 to 14).
Similarly, holiday comparison site TravelSupermarket has seen similar spikes in interest for package holidays to Turkey.
For the week of 8 to 15 September. 30 percent of all package holiday comparison searches for departure between 11 September and 31 October were for Turkey.
Whereas last year in September the number of searches was just eight percent. However, it’s now generating more searches than Greece (15 percent) and Italy (10 percent) altogether.
Jon Thorne, a consumer traveler expert at Skyscanner, said, “As we move into the autumn, and the summer rush for a beach break away changes into thoughts about October. And on school holiday breaks, we are seeing people looking for two distinct types of break.”
However, “October and half term, in particular, are usually times where British travelers and families looking for some late autumn sun in Spain and Portugal. But with both countries currently on the restricted travel lists. We’ve seen Brits adapt their travel plans and destination preferences as Turkey and Sweden rise in the bookings ranks.”
In addition, he said, “Historically, Swedish destinations haven’t been in the top searches or bookings lists on Skyscanner. But with its long-standing travel reputation as a safe, clean, and English-speaking friendly destination. And now as one of the European countries with the lowest infection rates, we expect to see the rise in popularity continue into the next months.”