I won’t cancel our trip to Europe this summer because my wife has not seen her side of the family since January, but I certainly wish they would come to us instead of us going to them…air travel to Europe is off to a rough start this summer.
A Busy Summer Travel Season To Europe…
You could say my data is purely anecdotal, but I’ve spent so much time personally dealing with Award Expert clients whose flights have been interrupted over the last week. Dealing with British Airways delays and cancellations today has been a headache and it just fits a pattern I’ve observed over the last two weeks.
But what is not anecdotal is that there were more commercial flights in the air yesterday than at any recorded point in the past:
Yesterday was the busiest day for commercial aviation that we’ve ever tracked. We tracked 134,386 commercial flights on 6 July and today is shaping up to be another busy day. More than 20,000 flights are in the air right now. pic.twitter.com/E7wheAo86B
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) July 7, 2023
Flights are full. Flights are expensive. That leads me to say that if you can stay home, you should. If you do not mind potential delays or cancellations and the certainty of crowds and queues, then knock yourself out. Otherwise, wait until shoulder season to travel…even if it means pulling the kids out of school.
I’ve got clients or friends across Europe this week…London, Paris, Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Rome, and Istanbul (among others). I’m hearing the same thing from all them: the crowds are overwhelming.
What’s the fun of travel if you struggle to even find an open seat in a sidewalk café? Or if the sort of “tourist” hotspots are so packed you can barely move? Like Santorini, for example. Want that famous windmill picture in Oia? Be prepare to wait 30 minutes in line just to have your photo op. That’s madness.
I’m enjoying my time at home; the calm before the storm.
I don’t even know how I’m going to get to Europe yet…but that’s another issue.
Safe travels everyone! If you’re stuck at home, see the upside in it: it may be better than being stuck at an airport, on a plane, or in a long line.