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Almost half of travellers take to the skies alone

AirportTravelling solo is a great option for those who want to see the world on their own terms. According to the latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), almost half of holidaymakers have opted to take to the skies alone, departing from UK airports without their friends and family in tow.

The CAA’s Passenger Survey Report showed that 230 million passengers using UK airports last year chose to fly alone, with London City Airport having the greatest number (74%) of lone travellers.

City Airport’s lead was followed by Aberdeen (72%), while solo flyer figures were lowest in the East Midlands (24%).

Outlining their reasons for flying minus their nearest and dearest, the majority (86%) of travellers revealed that they were heading away for business. For other passengers 64% of were travelling to meet friends or relatives.

As well as spending the duration of their flight without the company of those they know, the survey showed that just 4% of lone flyers get a send off from friends and family in the airport terminal building.

Commenting on the figures, CAA director of regulatory policy, Iain Osborne, said: "Do airports know how few people are being waved off, have they considered why and does this have implications for drop off facilities?

"While there are many excellent viewing facilities at UK airports, our passenger survey data tends to suggest they are not being used that much, and this may highlight a missed commercial opportunity."

A poll of more than 2,000 holidaymakers conducted earlier this year by accommodation website Booking.com, revealed that holidaying alone is becoming an increasingly popular option amongst female travellers. It found that almost two-thirds (64%) of women felt that holidaying alone gave them a bigger confidence boost.

Among the reasons cited behind this shift towards solo travel for women is the sense of freedom it affords this group. 61% of those questioned argued that felt they energised and refreshed after a stint alone in a foreign country.

If you are heading off on the holiday of a lifetime in the coming months, it is important to organise travel insurance before you head off.

Date Created: 29 October 2014

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