Middle East remains a popular destination
12 May 2009 14:57
Corporate and consumer travellers are still flying to the Middle East, according to a market intelligence firm, which suggests that the demand for travel insurance policies to this region remains strong.
OAG has published statistics showing that flights to the Middle East are up by 12 per cent this month, while the capacity of these services has also risen by 11 per cent year-on-year.
The aviation analyst also disclosed that African has also witnessed a similar rise in demand, with the number of flights operated to the continent increasing by six per cent in April.
David Beckerman, vice president of market intelligence at OAG, claimed that the growth experienced in these regions is the opposite of demand in the UK.
He said: "The Middle East is attracting a lot of interest as a business hub as well as a holiday destination. Airlines see opportunities to offer new or expanded services to airports in these regions."
In February, ABTA - The Travel Association claimed that holiday-makers are becoming more adventurous in their selection of destinations.