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Air Freight Demand Flat In November 2018

Data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), was flat (0%) in November 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest rate of growth recorded since March 2016, following 31 consecutive months of year-on-year increases.

Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), rose by 4.3% year-on-year in November 2018. This was the ninth month in a row that capacity growth outstripped demand.

While international e-commerce continues to grow, overall demand faced significant headwinds:

  • Signs of weakness in global economic activity;
  • A contraction in export order books in all major exporting nations, with the exception of the US; 
  • Shorter supplier delivery times in Asia and Europe;
  • Weakened consumer confidence compared to very high levels at the beginning of 2018.

“Normally the fourth quarter is a peak season for air cargo. So essentially flat growth in November is a big disappointment. While our outlook is for 3.7% demand growth in 2019, downside risks are mounting. Trade tensions are cause for great concern. We need governments to focus on enabling growth through trade, not barricading their borders through punitive tariffs,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

NOVEMBER 2018 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE1 FTK ASTK FLF (%-PT)​2 FLF (LEVEL)​3
Total Market 100.0% 0.0% 4.3% -2.2​% 51.5%
Africa 1.7% -7.8% -7.4% ​-0.2% 39.0%
Asia Pacific 36.1% -2.3% 3.1% ​-3.1% ​57.2%
Europe 23.4% -0.2% 3.1% ​-2.0% 57.9%
Latin America 2.6% ​3.1% 2.0% ​0.4% ​37.9%
Middle East ​​13.2% 1.7% 7.8% ​-3.1% ​51.4%
North America 23.0% 3.1% 6.3​% ​-1.3% 43.2​%

Regional Performance

Three of the six regions reported year-on-year demand growth in November 2018 – North America, Middle East and Latin America. Asia Pacific, Europe and Africa all contracted. 

Asia-Pacific airlines saw demand for air freight shrink by 2.3% in November 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. This was the first time since May 2016 that monthly year-on-year demand declined. Weaker manufacturing conditions for exporters and shorter supplier delivery times particularly in China impacted the demand. Capacity increased by 3.1%.

North American airlines posted the fastest growth of any region for the second consecutive month in November 2018 with an increase in demand of 3.1% compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 6.3%. The strength of the US economy and consumer spending have helped support the demand for air cargo over the past year, benefiting US carriers.

European airlines experienced a contraction in freight demand of -0.2% in November 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 3.1% year-on-year. Weaker manufacturing conditions for exporters, and shorter supplier delivery times particularly in Germany, one of Europe’s key export markets, impacted demand.

Middle Eastern airlines’ freight volumes expanded 1.7% in November 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier. Capacity increased by 7.8% over the same period. Seasonally-adjusted international air cargo demand has now trended upwards for the past six months helped by stronger trade to/from Europe and Asia.

Latin American airlines’ freight demand rose 3.1% in November 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Capacity increased by 2.0%. International year-to-date demand recovered into positive territory, increasing 6.3%. The key markets, however, to and from the region are showing signs of weakness, particularly between South America and Europe, which contracted in year-on-year terms in October (last data available).

African carriers saw freight demand decrease by 7.8% in November 2018, compared to the same month in 2017. This was the eighth time in nine months that demand contracted. Capacity shrank 7.4% year-on-year. Demand conditions on all key markets to and from Africa remain weak. Seasonally-adjusted international freight volumes are 7% lower than their peak in mid-2017, nonetheless, they are still 28% higher than their most recent trough in late-2015.  

Solid But Moderating Passenger Demand In November

Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 6.2% compared to November 2017, a slight deceleration from 6.3% growth in October. Capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 6.8% over the year-ago period, and load factor dipped 0.4 percentage point to 80.0%. It was only the third time in two years that load factor fell on a year-to-year basis.

“Traffic is solid. But there are clear signs that growth is moderating in line with the slowing global economy. We still expect 6% demand growth this year. But trade tensions, protective tariffs and Brexit are all uncertainties that overhang the industry,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

NOVEMBER 2018 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE1 RPK ASK PLF (%-PT)​2 PLF (LEVEL)​3
Total Market 100.0% 6.2% 6.8% -0.4​% 80.0%
Africa 2.2% 2.2% 1.2% ​0.7% 69.8%
Asia Pacific 33.8% 6.3% 7.4% ​-0.8% ​80.2%
Europe 26.7​% 8.8% 8.8% ​0.0% 81.7%
Latin America 5.1% ​6.2% 6.0% ​0.1% ​82.0%
Middle East ​​9.4% 2.6% 5.2% ​-1.8% ​69.4%
North America 22.8% 5.1% 5.0% ​0.0% 83.6​%

International Passenger Markets

November international passenger demand rose 6.6% compared to the year earlier period, up from 6.2% in October. All regions showed growth, led by carriers in Europe. Total capacity climbed 6.7%, and load factor dipped 0.1 percentage point to 78.4%.

  • European carriers saw demand increase by 9.0% in November 2018, which was a nine-month high. Given the mixed signs on the economic backdrop in the region it is unclear whether this pace of growth can be sustained. Capacity climbed 9.1% and load factor slipped 0.1 percentage point to 82.1%, the highest load factor among the regions.
  • Asia-Pacific airlines’ November traffic climbed 6.0% compared to the year-ago period, up from 5.7% growth in October. Capacity also rose 6.0% and load factor was flat at 79.1%. Growth is underpinned by rising living standards and continuing expansion of options for travelers.
  • Middle East carriers had a 2.8% demand increase, which was the lowest among the regions for a third consecutive month. Capacity rose 5.6% and load factor slipped 1.9 percentage points to 69.0%.
  • North American airlines’ traffic climbed 6.1%, in November, up from 5.7% in October and well ahead of the five-year average rate of 4.0%. Capacity rose 3.8% and load factor edged up 1.7 percentage points to 80.6%. Demand is supported by comparatively strong momentum in the US economy.
  • Latin American airlines’ November traffic climbed 5.8% compared to November 2017, which was an increase from 5.2% growth recorded in October. Despite the increase, growth has slowed on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Capacity rose 6.6% and load factor slipped 0.6 percentage point to 80.6%.
  • African airlines experienced a 5.7% rise in demand compared to November 2017, down from 6.4% in October but higher than the five-year average of 5.8%. Growth is occurring despite challenges in the continent’s largest economies, Nigeria and South Africa. Capacity rose 3.9% and load factor climbed 1.2 percentage points to 68.9%.

Domestic Passenger Markets

Domestic travel demand rose 5.6% in November 2018 compared to the same month in 2017, its slowest pace in 11 months and down from 6.5% in October. All markets except Australia showed growth. Domestic capacity climbed 6.9%, and load factor dropped 1.0 percentage point to 82.8%.

NOVEMBER 2018 (% YEAR-ON-YEAR) WORLD SHARE1 RPK ASK PLF (%-PT)​2 PLF (LEVEL)​3
Domestic 35.9% 5.6% 6.9% -1.0​% 82.8%
Dom. Australia 0.9% -0.7% -1.1% ​0.3% 82.6%
Domestic Brazil 1.2% 5.3% 4.1% ​1.0% ​83.6%
Dom. China P.R. 9.1​% 7.2% 10.2% ​-2.3% 82.0%
Domestic India 1.4% ​13.3% 19.8% ​-4.8% ​84.4%
Domestic Japan ​​1.1% 1.5% 3.0% ​-1.1% ​75.6%
Dom. Russian Fed. 1.4% 13.8% 10.9% ​2.1% 81.6​%
Domestic US 14.3%​ 4.9%​ 5.9%​ -0.8%​ 85.2%​

 

  • India’s domestic traffic rose 13.3% in November compared to November 2017, marking the 51st consecutive month of double-digit domestic growth. However, it was also the slowest increase in 16 months.
  • Brazil’s domestic traffic rose to a four-month high of 5.3% in November, against a fragile economic backdrop.

Current Flights Protected, But Future Growth At Risk From No Deal Brexit

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that, although  most passengers’ flights will go ahead despite the decision of UK Members of Parliament to reject the UK-EU Brexit agreement, there remains uncertainty for both travelers and airlines about post-Brexit air connectivity.

A ‘no deal’ Brexit could lead to a cap on flights that will stunt important economic opportunities and may lead to higher prices for consumers. The proposed guidance from the EU Commission in the event of ‘no deal’ calls for the current level of flights between the UK and the EU to be maintained, but does not allow for an increase in flight numbers in 2019 compared to 2018.

IATA research estimates that up to 5 million extra seats are scheduled for 2019 compared to 2018 in order to meet consumer demand. Many of these will be in the peak Summer season when families will be booking holidays. These are at risk if a ‘no deal’ Brexit occurs.

“That current flight levels will be protected even with a hard Brexit is an important assurance. But with two months left until Britain leaves the EU, airlines still do not know exactly what kind of Brexit they should be planning for. And there is legal and commercial uncertainty over how the Commission’s plan to cap flight numbers will work. In the small window remaining before Brexit it is imperative that the EU and UK prioritize finding a solution that brings certainty to airlines planning growth to meet demand and to travelers planning business trips and family holidays,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.   

Challenging Buying Conditions For Insurance In 2019 With Key Underwriters Ceasing To Write Certain Classes  

Honan Insurance Group’s (Honan) recently released December 2018 Quarterly Market Update foresees reverberations emanating from the Hayne Australian Royal Commission, re-submission of Lloyds business plans, Brexit, economic factors and an overactive merger & acquisition environment to impact the industry in 2019 said Andrew Fluitsma, Honan CEO Australia & New Zealand.

Commenting further, Andrew Fluitsma said “We are already witnessing global underwriting markets in Lloyds ceasing to write certain classes of business such as Professional Indemnity and Marine – and we expect this to continue”.

“Honan also expects a continuation of upward pricing pressures throughout 2019, bringing with it another challenging buying year for businesses.  Insurer risk selection and appetite will continue to drive underwriting behaviour leading a growing rating / pricing gulf between low hazard and less desirable occupancies”.

“Underwriting profitability remains the key performance metric in the medium term as insurers continue to focus on good performing and risk managed businesses”.

Claims pressure from settlements in securities class actions is likely to be a factor for the foreseeable future with Side C/ D&O insurance.

Certainty of recommendations and changes will be further clouded should there be a change in government at a federal level.

Honan’s Quarterly Market Update affirmed that after almost two decades of favourable buying conditions, 2017 and 2018 saw the beginning of significant change; a change and market dynamic which will continue and accelerate in 2019.

Throughout 2018, insurers found themselves in a challenging position, whereby previous strategies to build market share through top line premium growth were replaced with the need to bolster bottom line profitability. 

With this approach came a willingness to walk away from business should the underwriting re-calibration not yield acceptable levels of profitability.

Communication and relationships are pivotal said Travis Wendt, Honan’s Head of Broking & Carrier Management.  “Relationships flexibility still exists in the wider market but only if the right messages are communicated – and communicated early.  

“Insurer selection, transparency, relationship management and “selling” your individual risk profile to the market is critical to not only help mitigate prevailing market issues but also to assist your company to stand apart during this market correction”.

“Honan is proactively driving the renewal process earlier for clients to allow adequate time to address any surprises or consider strategies which may mitigate underwriting volatility”.

 

Bupa Cromwell Hospital Opens New Paediatric Outpatient Department

The Skyline department, which also includes a children-only ward, will provide patients with access to leading consultants from across London’s top teaching hospitals. A multidisciplinary team will include highly-skilled paediatric nurses, physiotherapists, dietitians, and speech and language therapists, as well as a 24-hour resident intensivist dedicated to young people who need high-level care around the clock. It is the only private hospital in London with a resident paediatric intensivist, and appointments are available to all children and young people regardless of whether or not they have health insurance.

The launch of the new department follows a recent CQC inspection which rated Bupa Cromwell Hospital as ‘good’. The report in December 2018 commended the hospital for consistently high levels of patient satisfaction and safety, as well as being ‘outstanding’ for its services in medical care.

Phil Luce, Hospital Director, Bupa Cromwell Hospital, said: “We’re always looking to further improve the services we offer and I’m really pleased that the CQC has recognised the excellent level of care that we provide to our patients.

“When a child has a health scare, we know it can be a very worrying time for their families. So the new Skyline department has been developed to not only offer specialist care, but to also provide peace of mind that children can get support from leading consultants in a safe, calm and caring environment.”

The Skyline department opened on 14 January 2019, with appointments available immediately. For more information or to book an appointment, visit www.bupacromwellhospital.com or call 020 7460 5700.

Dubai Health Authority Launches Year Of Zayed Insurance Card Project

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launched the Year of Zayed Insurance Card project. The project is in collaboration with private sector insurers and aims to provide free health insurance cover to more than 100 people with financial constraints. The Year of Zayed Insurance card will cover a maximum sum of AED 150,000 per person insured.

HE Humaid Al Qutami, Director General of the DHA announced this initiative at a ceremony held to revisit all the activities DHA organised during the Year of Zayed. The year 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father of the UAE.

Al Qutami said, “The Year of Zayed has helped us reinforce all the values and principles embodied by Sheikh Zayed. Our Founding Father was known regionally and globally for his humanity, generosity and charity. Under the guidance of our leaders, DHA aims to continue the legacy of our Founding Father. This year we organised a series of initiatives to mark the Year of Zayed. The UAE is known globally for its philanthropic work and we will continue our humanitarian initiatives to the best of our ability.”

The ceremony took place at Al Ettihad museum. HE Mohammed Al Murr, Chairman of the Board of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Establishment, HE Bilal Al Budoor, Chairman of Culture and Scientific Association and HE Eng. Khalfan Khalifa Al Mazroui, Chairman of Dar Al Ber Society and a number of senior officials attended the ceremony.

Khalid Al Jallaf, Chairman of the Year of Zayed team said, “We organised several initiatives throughout the year including humanitarian, cultural, sports, research and innovation initiatives. We tried to inculcate the values and teachings of our Founding Father.” As part of the Year of Zayed initiatives, more than 200 children with congenital heart abnormalities received free surgery through the Nabadat programme.”

Nabadat, which means heartbeat in Arabic, is a programme launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Charity and Humanitarian Establishment (MBRCHE) in collaboration with DHA to alleviate the suffering of impoverished children with congenital heart disease (CHD). The initiative is under the patronage of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives. It provides free medical assistance, life-saving surgery and post-surgical care to children whose parents cannot afford to pay for treatment of congenital heart diseases (CHDs). CHD is a common type of birth defect where malformations occur to the structure of the heart.

Nabadat provided free heart surgeries to more than 100 children in Mumbai in July this year. The surgeries took place in collaboration with the cardiology team at Fortis Hospital, Mulund and S. L. Raheja, a Fortis Associate Hospital in Mumbai.

In September this year, DHA cardiologists collaborated with Kafrelsheikh University Hospital in Egypt and provided more than 100 free heart surgeries. Additionally, the Nabadat cardiac team also conducted free paediatric cardiac check-ups to screen as many children as possible. DHA also had launched a scientific research competition in July this year to recognize remarkable talent in the country in the medical field. The competition aims to celebrate the Founding Father’s legacy and his pivotal role in the development of the health sector of the UAE and beyond. It also aims to encourage, foster and promote medical research.

Al Jallaf said, “We launched the competition in collaboration with the Culture and Science Association in Dubai. DHA will publish the top three research papers and will distribute them to medical academies, libraries and institutions.”

The winners were announced at the ceremony. The first prize is AED 30,000; second is AED 25,000 and third is AED 20,000 respectively. DHA employees also contributed to build 100 wells to provide clean drinking water to families in countries of need. DHA collaborated with Dar Al Ber Society and the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department to build 100 wells in areas where communities suffer from a lack of access to clean, safe water. The five countries selected are India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Sudan and Senegal. As part of the project, currently wells are being built in Sri Lanka and later the initiative will extend to other countries. Some three in 10 people worldwide, or 2.1 billion, lack access to safe, readily available water at home, and 6 in 10, or 4.5 billion, lack safely managed sanitation, according to the 2017 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. Far too many people still lack access, particularly in rural areas. Community members can contribute towards this humanitarian cause as well. Each well costs AED 1000. Those interested can visit DHA’s Health Fund Department, which is located in Rashid Hospital Medical Library. Alternatively, community members can visit Dar Al Ber.

DHA also collaborated with the UAE National Archives and displayed rare photos of late Sheikh Zayed at different locations in Dubai. The ceremony took place with much enthusiasm and included paintings and calligraphy artworks with the sayings of the Founding Father of the UAE. DHA will take part in the next year’s theme for UAE. The President, Sheikh Khalifa, declared 2019 the Year of Tolerance, highlighting the UAE as a global capital for acceptance through its legislative and policy goals.

Bupa Completes Acquisition Of Turkey’s 2nd Largest Health Insurer

Acıbadem Sigorta is a specialist health insurance provider with both corporate and individual customers. Headquartered in Istanbul, it has over 500 employees and covers 600,000 lives. In 2017 Acıbadem Sigorta generated gross written premiums of TRY913m.

Simeon Preston, CEO of Bupa International Markets, said: "We are delighted to announce that Bupa’s acquisition of Acıbadem Sigorta is now complete. Bupa will benefit from Acıbadem Sigorta’s local market knowledge, and their customers and employees will benefit from the strength of our expertise and experience. We look forward to welcoming Acıbadem Sigorta into the Bupa family.”

Gökhan Gürcan CEO of Acıbadem Sigorta added: “We’re delighted to join Bupa. Together we will build on Acibadem Sigorta’s successes from the last 26 years and support the continued development of the Turkish health insurance market.”

Treasury, USTR Sign Bilateral Agreement With The United Kingdom On Prudential Measures Regarding Insurance And Reinsurance

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative signed the Bilateral Agreement between the United States of America and the United Kingdom on Prudential Measures Regarding Insurance and Reinsurance (U.S.-UK Covered Agreement) on December 18, 2018. Consistent with steps taken when this Administration signed the U.S.-EU Covered Agreement in 2017, the Administration is also issuing a U.S. policy statement regarding implementation of the U.S.-UK Covered Agreement. 
 
The U.S.-UK Covered Agreement, negotiated and concluded through a process involving significant engagement with U.S. stakeholders and the state regulatory community, is an important step in maintaining regulatory certainty and market continuity as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union (EU). The U.S.-UK Covered Agreement also is an important step in affirming the competitiveness of U.S. companies in domestic and foreign markets and making regulations more efficient, effective, and appropriately tailored. 
 
“We look forward to working with the UK to continue to deepen our bilateral regulatory cooperation with a view to the promotion of financial stability, investor protection, and fair, orderly, and efficient markets post Brexit,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “By building on the U.S.-EU Covered Agreement signed by this administration in 2017, the Agreement with the UK will keep in place important benefits for the United States, its insurance industry, and U.S. policyholders.” 
 
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said, “We are pleased to work with the United Kingdom to ensure continuity and to address barriers in the insurance sector.  Our efforts will allow U.S. insurers and reinsurers to maximize business opportunities and cut red tape for their cross-border operations.”
 
The U.S.-UK Covered Agreement, like the covered agreement with the EU, also benefits the U.S. economy and consumers by affirming the U.S. state-based system of insurance regulation and increasing growth opportunities for U.S. insurers.
 
View text of the U.S.-UK Covered Agreement.

View text of the U.S. Policy Statement.

Mandatory Health Insurance System To Be Applied In All Azerbaijani Hospitals

A package of services is being renewed in Azerbaijan as part of the work being carried out to apply the mandatory health insurance system, chairman of the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers, Zaur Aliyev, told Trend.

Aliyev said that the basic package within the pilot project should be improved.

“A new version of the package of services will be ready for approval within a few months,” he said.

Aliyev stressed that the cost of the package of services should be reconsidered.

"The main issue is to organize the preparatory work in hospitals,” he said. “This work is related to information technologies because it must be fully automated to completely use the mandatory health insurance system. In this case, we can receive information from clinics in a timely manner and we can pay the hospitals. I think that the creation of software in hospitals and integration into our system is one of the priority issues."

Aliyev also stressed that presently, the hospitals of the pilot districts are working with such software.

"The hospitals are fully automated in the pilot areas,” he said. “The entire registration system is conducted through the program electronically. The agency plans to use this approach in all hospitals."

Aliyev added that another issue within the preparatory work is the organization of cooperation and integration with the corresponding structures.

"The agency has begun to hold negotiations with the Ministry of Taxes in connection with payments and will closely cooperate with this structure,” he said. “At the same time, training is expected to be held. We will have many meetings with the head physicians and doctors."

“All of the above-mentioned work will be held this year,” he said. “The 2019 is a preparatory year for the agency to use the mandatory health insurance system in the country.”

"This year, all the preparatory work must complete for the hospitals to pass to the mandatory health insurance system to be applied everywhere from 2020," Aliyev said.

A pilot project on mandatory health insurance system has been implemented in the country since the end of 2016. Presently, it covers Mingachevir city, as well as the Yevlakh and Agdash regions of the country. The State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance launched its activity in Azerbaijan in February 2016.

Source: https://en.trend.az/

 

More Than 4.5 Million Uk Holidaymakers Are Set To Make A Getaway To Warmer Climes This Winter

With reports the weather in the UK is likely to take a turn for the worse at the end of the month, nearly a third* (31%) of UK holidaymakers going on a winter holiday are planning to escape abroad to warmer destinations, according to new research by ABTA – The Travel Association.

More people are seeking a winter sun getaway, up 3% on last year, in a move to avoid the winter blues and another prolonged cold snap. Forecasters** say there is increased likelihood of cold weather as we head towards the end of this month and into next, and there has even been some media speculation about a possible return of the ‘Beast from the East’ weather system, which gripped the UK last winter and brought freezing temperatures and heavy snow.

According to ABTA Members, the Canary Islands remain the number one destination for British tourists seeking sunnier weather this winter, with Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria all ranking strongly for bookings. At this time of year temperatures in the region are often more than three times the average temperature at home, usually peaking between 17-20°C.

Cape Verde, Turkey and Egypt are also proving popular mid-haul choices, while Jamaica and Mexico are the pick of the long-haul destinations.

Winter sun seekers may also want to consider familiar summer destinations such as Mallorca, Cyprus and the Algarve. While they may not reach the scorching temperatures of the summer months, they’re much warmer and sunnier than back home in the UK.

Package trips offer the greatest form of protection – meaning that it is the package organiser’s responsibility to make sure that everything goes to plan, and if there is some sort of delay or cancellation – whatever the reason – you’ll either be offered alternative arrangements or a full refund if your holiday can’t go ahead.

Packages also provide excellent value for money, with 60% of holidaymakers saying they have booked a package because it was the best option for the price, up 3% on the previous year.

Victoria Bacon, ABTA’s Director of Brand and Business Development, said:

“As the British winter weather takes hold and the temperature drops, holidaymakers are seizing the opportunity to make an escape to warmer climes. This year is no exception with even more people saying they’ll travel abroad for a fix of winter sun.  

“If you’re still looking to book a winter break there are plenty of options available, speak to an ABTA Member who can help you choose the best places for a winter sun break and find a holiday which best suits your needs.”

Booking with an ABTA Member allows holidaymakers to access the support, protection and expertise so people can travel with confidence.

ABTA Member winter sun holidays:

Mexico

TUI is offering seven night holidays to Mexico staying at the Platinum 4T RIU Tequila  on an all-inclusive basis. Prices from £865 per person when booked online. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights departing fromManchester airport on 28th January 2019 and transfers.

Egypt

Thomas Cook is offering seven night holidays to Egypt, staying at the four star Sentido Mamlouk Palace Resort on an all-inclusive basis, departing from London Gatwick on 24 February 2019. Prices from £589 per person when booked online, based on two adults sharing and includes 15kg hold luggage each and return transfers.

Algarve

Jet2holidays is offering seven night, self-catering, holidays to Portugal, Algarve, staying at the 3 star Vilamoura Golf Apartments, departing from Manchester airport on 10th February 2019. Prices from £299 per person based on 2 adults sharing, including 22kg baggage allowance and return transfers.

These holidays were available as of 10th January 2019.

About the research:

*Research was conducted by Arkenford Ltd (www.arkenford.co.uk) who specialise in leisure and tourism market research. 29% of UK holidaymakers who are going on a winter holiday is 14,851,254 (based on ONS 2017 GB population estimate of 50,644,094). Of those Brits going on a winter holiday, 31% are taking a winter sun break, which is equal to 4,612,675. The ABTA Consumer Trends survey generated responses from a nationally representative sample of 2,001 consumers using an online research methodology and related to holiday booking habits in the 12 months to August 2018. Fieldwork was conducted between the end of July and beginning of August 2018. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

**https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/long-range-forecast

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