Germans take off for Asia this Easter

Hong Kong and China are winning intercontinental destinations for Germans for Easter this year.

According to ForwardKeys, intercontinental bookings from Germany are currently up 2.7% for the Easter holiday period compared to last year.

Figures show a 31.4% jump for Hong Kong bookings, and China 30.9%. Other favoured destinations are the US, ahead 20.6%, and Morocco, ahead 20.0%.

Thailand is the top performer for German bookings to Asia

While Thailand is not quite showing the strongest growth, it seems to be the top performer; as over 40% of all German Internet flight searches for travel to Asia include Thailand.

This summer, the Asia-Pacific region will benefit most from increased intercontinental scheduled seat capacity from Germany. Between May and October, it’s up 4.1% for the region, which has a 5% market share. The total international capacity increase from Germany is 0.7% on last year.

Capacity of flights to other European destinations, with an 82% market share, is up 0.4%.

Intercontinental destinations with the largest growth in scheduled flight capacity from Germany between May and October are Qatar (up 18.2%), Thailand (up 12.9%) and Hong Kong (up 10.0%).

The collapse of the German holiday airline, Germania, earlier this month, has had an impact on some destinations, but others are proving to be resilient.

Among those once served by Germania, but still showing capacity growth for this summer, are Serbia (up 5.9%), Egypt (0.2%) and Turkey (7.3%).

Olivier Ponti, vice president, insights, ForwardKeys, commented:“Despite very serious turbulence in the German airline industry, it’s encouraging to see air capacity still growing overall, particularly as capacity increases are a sign of economic confidence. Over the Easter holidays, Hong Kong and China look set to do particularly well from German visitors.”

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