Ireland’s travel rules eased only a matter of weeks ago, and now experts are saying widespread travel will be back “without a doubt” this year.
Leading travel group, Barrhead Travel, have said that there are signs that confidence is returning to the market for holidays in 2022 as enquiries grew by 165% in the past week.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus today said their information shows consumer interest in various destinations from city breaks across Europe and the UK and ski trips, to sunshine as well as trips to the US.
Among the top destinations for travel in 2022 are Alicante, Lanzarote and Faro – which were revealed as the destinations of most interest to Irish holidaymakers looking to enjoy some sun.
The Irish airliner said the data was gathered by analysing web searches and conversion rates on the days before the lifting of restrictions and comparing them to the figures on the days after the announcement.
It shows that ski enthusiasts have also been in search of the perfect slope spot with an uplift in searches for Munich and Geneva – 90% and 65% respectively.
European city breaks are another popular search term on the up with an 81% increase for Venice and a 70% increase in searches for Madrid.
Speaking about these positive improvements, Bill Byrne, Aer Lingus’s Director of Global Sales said: “Without doubt, travel is back for 2022.
“Following the lifting of travel restrictions for double-vaccinated travellers, we have seen a strong uplift in activity on Aerlingus.com.
“Consumer confidence in travel is returning – it seems that most people are ready for a holiday abroad. With over 2 million seats on sale at AerLingus.com, now is the perfect time to plan a springtime getaway either to Europe or to the United States.”
Jacqueline Dobson, President of Barrhead Travel, echoed this confidence and said: “Travel is set to make a significant comeback in 2022 with restrictions continuing to ease across the world.
“People have dearly missed travelling over the last few years – whether that be for holidays, business or to reunite with loved ones.
“Omicron caused some uncertainty during December but the relaxation on testing will go a long way to kickstart travel recovery. Our customers are telling us that they can’t wait for their holidays this year.
“One of the primary barriers was testing costs and we’re already noticing a difference in how the relaxation is boosting confidence.”
As the want to travel again grows among Irish passengers, Aer Lingus reminds the public that its January Seat Sale will be active until midnight on January 18, so you can grab a deal before they’re gone.
They have discounts on fares to Europe, the UK and North America that are valid for travel from February 1, to May 31, 2022.
There are over 2 million seats on sale including up to 20% off European and UK travel as well as flights to North America from just €169 each way as part of a return trip.