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Demand for long-haul flights not affected by swine flu, it is claimed

Demand for long-haul flights not affected by swine flu, it is claimed

The outbreak of swine flu has not affected the demand for long-haul flights, TUI Travel has said.

Figures from the company have revealed that bookings to far-flung destinations have increased by two percent during the past two weeks, although demand for flights to Mexico diminished at the expense of other destinations.

Jamaica has experienced a 30 percent increase in bookings, while Egypt and the Dominican Republic have enjoyed respective increases of 23 percent and 19 percent.

Out of 2,500 of the company’s customers that were in Mexico at the time of the swine flu outbreak, approximately ten percent accepted the organisation’s offer of early repatriation.

It was also revealed that holidaymakers were continuing to book flights to non-eurozone countries because of the strength of the euro against the pound, with Egyptian and Turkish destinations proving particularly popular.

Elsewhere, demand for flights to Sweden and Norway saw "a marked improvement", although the Danish market "remains difficult".

Most serious cases swine flu cases have been confined to Mexico, with the majority of cases in the UK having been described as mild.

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