The battering of the British pound by the strong euro and US dollar is drawing more visitors to British shores, according to flight search engine,
The strengthening dollar, the credit crunch and recession woes have led to a 15% fall in UK-USA flight search traffic, according to Skyscanner. In previous years, there has been an increase in flight searches to the USA at this time of year with many travellers heading to New York or Minneapolis to do their Christmas shopping, taking advantage of a strong pound to bag a bargain. The States have also been a popular ski destination, with world class resorts, reliable snow and good value food and accommodation on offer.
Skyscanner has attracted a £2.5 million first round funding package from leading venture capital group Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) to expand its rapidly-growing air travel site into the world’s most comprehensive easy-to-use flight search engine.
SkyScanner is launching its Multi-Hop Flight Search, giving UK travellers now have access to over 4,850 indirect, as well as 1005 direct routes to 69 worldwide destinations via low cost airlines.