International travel to London ‘resilient’ in wake of devastating terror attacks on UK, data shows


International travel to the capital is showing signs of resilience in light of the recent terror attacks, according to new data.

Travel companies were buffeted by the series of attacks on London and in Manchester, the figures show.

In the week following the London Bridge atrocity last month, flights to the capital were down 12 per cent compared to last year.

And data from the second week following the attack showed that bookings remained down by five per cent year-on-year.

Bookings to the capital also fell by 3.5 per cent in the week following the Manchester Arena bombing, travel data company ForwardKeys’ new figures revealed.

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Shoppers returned to Borough Market after knife-wielding terrorist wreaked havoc (Reuters)

But as of last week, the travel data shows advance bookings to London for July and August were up by 12 per cent compared to 2016. 

This is more positive than the European average which the travel data company said stands currently at 7.8 per cent ahead.

The data was collated after two terror attacks on the capital, in London Bridge and Westminster, cast doubt over safety on London’s streets.

Aftermath of London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack

It also came after terrorist Salman Abedi killed 23 people when he detonated an explosive in Manchester in May.

ForwardKeys’ boss Olivier Jager said that, despite the “slowdown” in bookings in the aftermath of the attacks, he remains “bullish” on the UK’s tourism performance for this summer.

He said: “One needs to bear in mind that even though we have seen something of a slowdown in bookings for the UK in recent weeks, the forward booking situation for July and August remains extremely healthy and there has been a sustained positive trend in bookings for the UK throughout the year so ForwardKeys remains bullish on the UK’s tourism performance in summer 2017.”

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