Hotel Demand Continues As Air Travel Returns to Normal

20th April 2010 (Last Updated April 20th, 2010 18:30)

Flight delays caused by airports trying to return to normal service after the volcanic ash cloud are likely to see hotel demand remain high in the coming days. Since the airports closed last Thursday afternoon stranded travellers have tried to secure accommodation, resulting in huge com

Flight delays caused by airports trying to return to normal service after the volcanic ash cloud are likely to see hotel demand remain high in the coming days.

Since the airports closed last Thursday afternoon stranded travellers have tried to secure accommodation, resulting in huge competition for hotel rooms.

Air space across western and northern Europe began reopening on Monday night, but services may take several days to return to normal.

The British Airports Authority said planes and crew are out of position, meaning services will not instantly return to normal and not all flights will be operating.

Delays and cancellations are expected so hotels, in particular airport hotels, can expect above average numbers of customers.

Hotel operators have been criticised for profiteering from delays caused by the volcanic eruption by inflating prices due to the increased demand.