Jet2holidays registers record demand for package holidays in Summer 2022

Jet2holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator to destinations across the Mediterranean and Canary Islands, has said that it has registered strong bookings for Summer 2022.

According to bookings data from Jet2holidays, more people have already booked for summer sun destination for the year ahead when compared to the same time in previous years. The data also reveals that the company has registered an increase in bookings for package holidays from July, which continues through the rest of the school holidays and Summer 2021.

The data from Jet2holidays also shows that customers are making up for lost holidays during the pandemic by booking 5-star getaways. Further, the company has seen an increase in the number of customers booking a luxury 5-star holiday through its Indulgent Escapes brand. The data shows that all destinations are benefitting from the demand for Summer 2022 holidays, with Turkey, Cyprus and Greece looking particularly popular for next summer.

Jet2holidays will operate a busy programme for Summer 2022, with over 70 sun and city destinations on sale from across its ten UK bases. In response to this strong demand from UK holidaymakers looking to get away next summer, the tour operator has recently announced the launch of flights and holidays to Sardinia and Sicily for Summer 2022.

With the addition of the two Italian islands, there are six brand-new destinations on sale for Summer 2022 with Jet2.com and Jet2holidays, in addition to Sardinia and Sicily, including Toulouse, Iceland, Tivat (Montenegro) and Athens. In addition, the companies have also added more flights and holidays to a wide range of popular destinations such as the Canary Islands, Mainland Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus.

Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays said: ‘There is a huge desire amongst UK holidaymakers to get away on their holidays and this is clear in the demand for both Summer 21 and Summer 22 holidays. Customers are continuing to look ahead with real confidence and as well as booking in their getaway for this summer, it is clear from the bookings data that they are also looking to secure that all-important holiday for Summer 22, with our ATOL protected package holidays proving to be the perfect fit for them. All the package holiday benefits that customers get through booking with Jet2holidays, combined with the need for people to give themselves something to look forward to, is proving to be extremely attractive and this has fuelled strong demand for Summer 22 package holidays.

‘As ever, we have responded to that demand by adding more destinations to our offering for Summer 22 and putting on additional flights and holidays to our most popular sunshine hotspots. This huge choice, alongside the fact that all our package holidays are ATOL protected and come with award-winning customer experience, means that more people than ever are looking ahead and have already booked that all-important Summer 22 getaway.’

TUI expects cruising to be back to pre-coronavirus levels within a year

According to TUI Cruises, the demand for cruises will be back to normal – pre-coronavirus – levels within a year, The Telegraph has reported.

TUI, one of the world’s leading travel companies and the parent of UK and Ireland brand Marella Cruises, said that about half of passengers whose cruises have been cancelled have already rebooked.

TUI, which has invested heavily in cruises in recent years, was forced to cancel and delay itineraries due to the risks from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. Marella Cruises has already suspended cruise ship holidays until the June-end and will retire Marella Celebration earlier than planned.

TUI chief Wybcke Meier reportedly told The Telegraph that even as dozens of cruises had to be cancelled, she was positive that the business would bounce back quickly.

‘We are convinced that in the long-term the demand for premium and luxury cruises will not change,’ Meir said. ‘We will see the demand for cruises return to pre-crisis level within 12 to 18 months.’

Earlier, Which? alleged that the UK’s leading travel companies, including TUI, were failing in their legal duty to issue refunds on trips impacted by coronavirus within 14 days. Major travel companies and airlines were withholding up to £7billion worth of cash refunds on cancelled holidays, the consumer group said.

‘The Government must urgently set out how it will support travel firms and airlines to ensure they can meet their legal obligations to refund customers for cancelled travel plans – and avoid permanent damage to trust and confidence in the travel industry,’ Which? Travel Editor Rory Boland said.

Boeing predicts increased global demand for airline pilots

Over the next two decades, the commercial aviation industry will need more than one million new pilots and technicians to support the growing demand for new airplane deliveries, Boeing has forecasted.

According to the US multinational aerospace company, by 2032 the world will require 498,000 new commercial airline pilots and as many as 556,000 new commercial airline maintenance technicians. The forecast is part of Boeing’s 2013 Pilot and Technician Outlook, an industry forecast of aviation personnel that was released during an event at the Boeing Flight Services campus in Miami.

The 2013 outlook forecasts major increases in pilot demand, in all regions except Europe, compared to previous forecasts. The projection for Europe declined slightly over last year’s outlook.

‘The urgent demand for competent aviation personnel is a global issue that is here now and is very real,’ said Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services. ‘The key to closing the pilot and technician gap in our industry is enhancing our training with the latest, cutting-edge technologies to attract and retain young people interested in careers in aviation.’

The rising pilot demand is driven by increasing airplane deliveries, particularly single-aisle airplanes, and represents a global requirement for about 25,000 new pilots annually. Global demand for technicians also remains significant, at approximately 28,000 new technicians required annually.

However, with the advent of more efficient and smarter airplanes, the requirement for mechanics is expected to reduce over time, as aging aircraft, which normally require more maintenance, are retired from service. The new and emerging airplane technologies with more advanced components are also likely to lead to lower maintenance requirements and corresponding lower technician demand.

‘This is a global issue that can only be addressed by industry-wide innovation and solutions,’ said Carbary, adding: ‘We need to attract more young people to careers in aviation by continually looking at innovative ways to train pilots and technicians, moving away from paper and chalkboard-based learning to incorporate tablets, eBooks, gaming technology and three-dimensional models.

‘Aviation is a great field to be in – we have a responsibility to make sure it’s a viable career option for the world’s youth,’ she added.