Opodo Reveals New Findings for Cheapest and Fastest Growing Destinations of 2012

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Leading online travel agent Opodo.co.uk has crunched its booking data for 2012 and found out which destinations proved the cheapest to fly to on average last year. The full results are published at http://www.opodo.co.uk/cheapflights/index.html.

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Opodo.co.uk, which sells flights with over 500 scheduled and low-cost airlines, studied bookings made throughout 2012 to find out the cheapest destinations for return flights for adult passengers departing from the UK. Results were divided into short-haul (Europe and North Africa), mid-haul (Middle East) and long-haul (rest of world) categories.

The picturesque city of Malmo in southern Sweden topped the list for short-haul destinations, followed by another Scandinavian city – Rygge, Norway – in 2nd place. Four Irish cities also appeared in the top 10, making Ireland the cheapest country to fly to on the whole. In mid-haul, Kuwait City had the lowest price tag, ahead of Dubai and last year’s leader, Amman. As in 2011, US cities headed by New York dominated the long-haul category, complemented by a few more exotic destinations such as Tashkent in Uzbekistan and Nairobi in Kenya.

Leo Purcell, Opodo’s Interim UK Director said: “We’re always improving the variety of airlines and flight options we offer on Opodo, and are pleased to see our customers took advantage of some excellent deals to both tried-and-tested and up-and-coming destinations in 2012.”

Opodo also looked at the fastest growing destinations based on air ticket sales last year compared to 2011. The top three cities were Bratislava in Slovakia, Agadir in Morocco and Derry in Ireland, in a list consisting exclusively of short-haul destinations – illustrating a trend for travellers to explore closer to home during the economic downturn.

The top-selling destination overall on Opodo.co.uk was London – thanks to its huge popularity with both British and European travellers – followed by New York, Istanbul, Dublin, and Bangkok.

About Opodo.co.uk
Opodo.co.uk is one of the leading online travel agencies in the UK. Its website offers flights, hotels, city breaks, cruises, car hire and package holidays worldwide, and is used by millions of customers a year.

The Opodo Group launched its first website in 2001, and now has websites in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and Poland.

Opodo is part of ODIGEO, one of the leading online travel groups worldwide, and the biggest e-commerce company in Europe.

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