July (No. 1) and August (No. 2) are the top two months for travel from the UK to the USA. And, as noted in other articles appearing in INBOUND, the news noise for more than a year now has been that Brexit-related issues would dampen summer travel abroad—including travel to the U.S.—by Brits. “But is that really the case?” asks an analysis of the situation by the authoritative airline industry source, OAG, in a new blog post. “Our analysis suggests it isn’t quite that bad….”
The analysis goes on to say, “August will see some 17.3 million departing seats from UK airports compared to 17.0 million last year, an increase of just over 1.5 percent which equates to around another 8,400 seats a day compared to last year. That increase in capacity is also based on fewer flights with some 171 fewer scheduled services planned this month than last year which of course implies the increasing use of larger aircraft and indeed the average number of seats per departing flight this August will be 165 compared to 162 last August suggesting perhaps more squeezing of leg room for some of us!” (For the full analysis, click here.) The data contained in the OAG post show that, once again, while Spain is once again the favorite international destination for British holidaymakers, the United States remains their favorite long-haul destination.