European flights increase—a sign of business travel growth

The number of flights departing from Europe grew 2% last year, a further sign that the region’s business travel market is on the upswing. That industry snapshot is one of many data-driven insights in the recently released EMEA Cities & Trends Report from BCD Travel.

The report shows where, how and when Europeans traveled for business in 2016, compared to the previous year, measured by tickets issued in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the U.K. Among key findings:

  • The most frequented European cities are London and Vienna, while New York and Shanghai are the top destinations for intercontinental travel.
  • In Europe, the U.K., Germany and the Netherlands continue to hold onto the top spots for most-visited European countries.
  • On the intercontinental front, the U.S., China and India maintain their positions as the top destinations.
  • September is the busiest month of the year for business travel. The slowest period is December, when the holiday season is in full swing.

The findings in EMEA Cities & Trends bolster the economic analysis and business travel industry predictions contained in the latest 2017 Industry Forecast Update. The update was released in late June by Advito, the consulting arm of BCD Travel.

Want more insights about business travel markets worldwide? Read the monthly “Market Monitor: At a Glance” feature in Move, including a recent article on South Africa.