Planning a vacation to Europe this year? Best to buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Experts predict low cost flights to Europe will be in very short supply this year. Increased consumer demand, higher fuel costs and shrinking capacity on flights to Europe, especially in the busy summer season, are pushing up the cost of transatlantic airfare.
Major escorted tour operators in the US are cautioning that the cost of airfare to Europe this year may even exceed the cost of their land tours. With demand coming from the business sector, increased travel to visit friends and family and the usual rush of summer vacationers, experts see high demand – for all international travel – especially for those trying to find low cost flights to Europe.
Increased airport taxes and fees throughout Europe – for example, the new $40 per person London air passenger duty – have added to the total costs.
While there is some mention of increased capacity for flights to Europe in 2012, the consensus of opinion is that airlines are so concerned about profitability in 2011, they will not add flights or reduce pricing this year.
If you’re planning a European cruise, land tour or family get-together this summer, it’s best to purchase your airfare now to take advantage of promotional fares and the few winter sales. With the forecast for record-breaking peak season ticket pricing, low cost flights to Europe will soon be just a memory.