11 June 2020
The Forward Keys recently revealed that a series of announcements by
governments of southern European countries has triggered an almost immediate
jump in international flight bookings for Greece, Portugal and Spain in July and
August. It is said that the destinations are keen to welcome tourists for the summer
season after long period of lockdown.
The aviation market has been suspended in the area almost of the time on April and
May. However, in the fourth week of May, things started to change. On May 20th,
Greek Prime Minister Kyriako Mitsotakis had said that the country would open its
doors to foreign tourists from July 1st. Same like that, two days later, Portugal’s
foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva, announced as its border would reopen on
June 15 th similarly the Spain did in followed suit. Pedro Sanchez, the Spain’s prime
minister said that the country would reopen for foreign tourism from July.
In this regards analysis of traveler reveals that there has been a very similar pattern
of recovery in all destinations. Leisure travelers account for the bulk of new
tickets; but recovery has been stronger amongst expats and people visiting friends
and relatives in post pandemic period.