From Florida to Alaska, here's where people are searching for flights.

By Stacey Leasca
June 22, 2020
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It’s no secret that travel, specifically air travel, has taken a hit during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the month of April saw a 73.7% reduction in commercial flights compared to the same time period in 2019. But, that doesn’t mean travel is over for good. As new data from Kayak shows, people are just thinking differently about what it means to get away.

"We're making our search data available to inform and reassure the travel community," Steve Hafner, CEO of KAYAK, shared in a statement about its newly released travel data dashboard. "Our industry has a long road to recovery but I'm encouraged by the positive signs that we are starting to see in consumer travel interest."

As the dashboard shows, flight searches in the United States, France, United Kingdom, and Germany reached their lowest point between April 6-8. But, as a little silver lining, Kayak shared that flight searches have started to trend back up in late May for the same regions.

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The data also shows that travelers are also starting to reconsider their once favorite destinations, including major metropolitan hubs like New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo. Instead, they are now searching for getaways in more remote cities like Anchorage and San Juan in the U.S. and towns in Portugal and Greece in Europe.

Of course, domestic travel searches across the globe are rebounding faster than international searches as travel within national borders is much easier, and safer, while the pandemic rages on. According to Kayak, Australia, Spain, the United States, and France are seeing the biggest shifts to domestic travel.

And, perhaps unsurprisingly, as travel restrictions ease searches increase. For example, in the U.S., Kayak reported that Las Vegas saw the biggest spike in searches following its announcement about reopening casinos.

Beyond sharing the data with travel professionals, Kayak also created a rather handy global map listing every travel restriction currently in place. This way, people won’t have to guess or search for where they can vacation next.