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Skyscanner Travel Trends September 2010

Skyscanner Travel Trends September 2010

New York and Australia up; Goa enters Top 100; Croatia drops out

With the UK autumn now in full effect and thoughts turning to winter, Skyscanner looks at the latest flight trends for the month of September.


The top three spots for UK travellers remain Spanish, with warmer temperatures and flights to Tenerife attracting more interest than Alicante this month. Searches for flights to New York rocketed, shooting up the rankings to number four, as thoughts turn to Christmas shopping in the Big Apple. Similarly, London rose three places, and Amsterdam two. Faro slipped two places to number nine and, despite various problems with civil unrest in recent months, Bangkok rose up the charts to make it in to the top ten.

Top 10 Most Popular Cities

1. Malaga [0]
2. Tenerife [+1]
3. Alicante [-1]
4. New York [+5]
5. London [+3]
6. Dalaman [-1]
7. Palma [-3]
8. Amsterdam [+2]
9. Faro [-2]
10. Bangkok [New Entry]

Highest Climbers

Long haul destinations performed best this month; flights to Australia saw the highest rise in popularity, with Brisbane up 22 places, Melbourne up 18 and Perth up 16. Neighbour New Zealand wasn’t left behind though with Auckland up 20 places too. India also fared well with Mumbai up 14, and Delhi up 16; Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur also rose 14 spots.

Biggest Fallers

Greek sun spots took heavy losses this month, with Rhodes falling 33 places and Corfu down 32, as the summer holiday season comes to a close; the popular Balearic Island of Menorca also fell 29 places.

Drop Outs

As the UK’s hot temperatures of summer become a distant memory, Newquay fell from the Top 100. Croatian destinations Dubrovnik and Split also disappeared, as did Burgas in Bulgaria, Kos and Zante in Greece and Izmir in Turkey.

New Entries

India’s Goa was straight in at number 80, Singapore entered at number 84, Birmingham at 88, and with winter approaching, Salzburg, a popular ski hub, also entered the Top 100 at number 94.

Inbound UK visits

In terms of flight searches to the UK from outside of the country, September showed little change to August 2010. Spain and Italy remained the biggest fans of the UK, Germans overtook Turkey to reach number three, and France overtook Poland to become number eight.

1. Spain [0]
2. Italy [0]
3. Germany [+1]
4. Turkey [-1]
5. Greece [0]
6. Ireland [0]
7. Cyprus [0]
8. France [+1]
9. Poland [-1]
10. Portugal [0]