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Mayan Prophecy Drives Surge in One-way Flight Searches

Mayan Prophecy Drives Surge in One-way Flight Searches

EDINBURGH, Scotland, December 11, 2012 -

        41% increase to South of France and 30% increase in one-way searches to

                  Turkey ahead of 21st December 2012*


  Believers in the supernatural are flocking to two small villages - Bugarach in the
South of France and   irince in Turkey - as the end of the Mayan Calendar nears, reveals
leading travel search site Skyscanner [ ].


  Dedicated followers believe the end of the world is nigh as the Mayan Calendar comes
to an end on 21st December 2012, with some expecting the remote farming village of
Bugarach to offer an escape. The plan: to catch a connecting flight of an altogether
different kind, where in-flight re-runs of the film Alien are replaced with a much more
realistic encounter.


  Incredibly, searches for flights to the south of France
[ ] are up 41% in the
week before 21st December compared. And, with a 42% increase in searches from the UK
alone, that’s a good few British believers!


  But France is not the only place to see a surge in visitors.  irince, a village in
the Turkish [ ] Izmir
Province, is seeing one-way flight searches up 30%.


  However, clearly not everyone believes that the end really is nigh. Across Europe,
22nd December looks set to be the busiest getaway day of the entire year, with Skyscanner
seeing its highest volume of searches as families head home or get away for a break at


  Skyscanner’s Victoria Bailie commented: “We were surprised to see how big an increase
there has been in searches for flights to the South of France and to Izmir in Turkey
leading up to the 21st December: the date of the Mayan Prophecy. Although the fact that
we’ve seen the highest number of flight searches all year for flights on the following day
suggests that not everyone is convinced the end of the world really is nigh.”


  For true Mayan Prophecy believers, one-way tickets to Perpignan, an hour’s drive from
Bugarach, in the week leading up to 21st December currently start at GBP483, leaving from
Manchester. Alternatively, one-way flights to Izmir, an hour’s drive away from   irince,
currently cost GBP283 from London Stansted.**


  *Searches for 14-20th December compared with 7th-13th December


  **Flight price correct as at 5th December, searched on Skyscanner
[ ] travelling with Air France
[ ] and Pegasus
[ ].


  About Skyscanner


  Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site providing instant online comparisons
for millions of flights, from flights to Thailand
[ ] to flights to USA
[ ] as well as
car hire and hotels. Founded in 2003 by three IT professionals, Gareth Williams, Barry
Smith and Bonamy Grimes, Skyscanner is the no.1 travel search website in Europe and no.3
worldwide, receiving 30 million visits per month. The site is available in 30 languages
and its suite of free mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry
have been downloaded over 11 million times. The company employs close to 200 staff and has
its global headquarters in Edinburgh, UK with Asia Pacific hub offices in Singapore and
Beijing and future expansion planned to capatalise on huge global growth.


  Follow Skyscanner on Twitter [ ] and Facebook
[ ].



CONTACT: PR Contacts: Jamie Wortley, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), +44(0)7877-589-910; Victoria Bailie, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), +44(0)131-252-5353

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Posted on Dec 11, 2012 - 08:08 AM • Print