Summer holiday trends are changing a lot in 2018 – at least, that’s what aviation research center CAPA declared after analyzing OAG data. Flights to Eastern and Central European destinations are expected to be more popular than routes to well-known Western tourist attractions. However, does this mean you can finally stop worrying about whether your flight will arrive at Barcelona El Prat on time? We doubt it. That’s why you should consider flying to some of the less-than-usual destinations – and Skycop has a few to recommend.

“To satisfy the growing air passenger traffic demand, European carriers increase their capacity by 40% each summer on average, says numbers collected by Eurocontrol. Thus, the warmest season of the year is always a quality test showcasing the weak spots in today’s aviation. Last year, the tightened EU boarder checks, British Airways’ cabin crew strikes and air traffic control industrial action in France caused 25,500 delays and havoc across major European airports. We hope this year the situation will be different,” says the CEO of flight compensation company Skycop, Marius Stonkus.

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Tedious delays and disruptions might be what is making an increasing number of European travelers choose alternative destinations for their summer holidays. For those who had their nerves wrecked by holiday flight delays last year, Skycop is more than happy to recommend these 3 spots that will restore their faith in summer holidays. Take a look at these hidden European gems and visit them before they explode in popularity.

  1. Bled, Slovenia.

Situated on the coast of Lake Bled and surrounded by the cloud-piercing Karawanks mountains, Bled is a resort town that acts as a mesmerizing getaway into the middle of Trigalv National park. Visit the town’s iconic fairy-tale church, sit atop of famous 99 steps in the island the middle of the lake, or spend a day hiking in the rocky Vintgar Gorge. The best part? Bled is only a 30 min drive from the international airport of Ljubljana and the shuttle bus will take you straight to the town’s bus station.

  1. Lofoten, Norway.

Known for its anomalous weather, Lofoten is an archipelago lying within the Arctic Circle yet graced with temperatures that stay above the freezing level year-round. Those looking for a romantic experience won’t be wrong to climb the 150 m granite pillar of Svolværgeita in Svolvær; it’s the perfect location to watch the sun which doesn’t really set from the end of May to 17th of July.

  1. Kamchatka, Russia.

Russia is expecting around 3.5 million fans to come in for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Moscow will be brimming with rowdy football fans. If you are not one of them, you might want to take a flight from the capital’s Sheremetyevo International to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – an airport right on the Kamchatka peninsula. With a population of only 170 thousand, the land will make you feel as an explorer.

The peninsula boasts one of the highest population densities of brown bear in the world with 3 bears per capita. Maybe it’s somehow tied to the delicious types of salmon and red caviar that the region is known for? If you don’t fancy bears, you can always visit one of the three volcanoes that can be found on the peninsula – or go on a fishing trip that will be accompanied by whales. Now that is a perfect natural getaway!

“International airport of Ljubljana and Moscow’s Sheremetyevo both have shown good timekeeping results last year with the latter being ranked the most punctual gateway in Europe by OAG (83,55%). Thus, travelling to alternative summer destinations is a good strategy to avoid the chaos in Charles de Gaulle or Istanbul’s Ataturk. Nevertheless, when delays, cancellations, overbookings and unplanned staff strikes can happen anywhere, knowing your air passenger rights is what makes the difference,” reminds M. Stonkus.

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