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Reduced Capacity Threatens Long Haul Tourism

There is a major shortfall in long haul capacity to some of the most popular destinations over the Easter holidays according to the travel industry.

Some airlines have premium seats left however many holidaymakers looking for cheap holidays abroad cannot afford these. Flights to Florida, the Indian Ocean, cheap Luxor holidays and Caribbean are practically sold out though. There is plenty of hotel capacity available, just not the flights to actually get you there.

Lack of demand has been blamed for the reduction in seat numbers which tour operators put down to the global recession. Major operators TUI and Thomas Cook have both reduced seat numbers while the collapse of XL and Globespan have had a dramatic impact on bookings.

Colin Brodie who is director of Visit Florida said the loss of charter capacity had been a severe blow, "We have lost charter capacity - XL used to have eight or nine flights a week and the big UK operators such as TUI and Thomas Cook are reducing seats to Florida. We have also lost Globespan."

Tenerife is also selling quickly as the Canary Islands prove to be as popular as ever.

There is still availability on Nile cruises, holidays to Taba Heights and cheap Luxor holidays, however Sharm el Sheikh is selling fast as holidays to Egypt are once again proving to be a popular winter destination. There is also availability to Far East destinations such as Malaysia and Thailand.

If you are looking to go abroad this Easter then it is advisable to book it as soon as possible. Leaving it until the last minute in the hope that you will get a bargain is simply not going to happen this year.

The excessively cold winter weather and the fact that many of us had to miss our holidays last year could be why seats are getting snapped up over the Easter holidays.