Domestic flights are up 29%, according to a new report ✈️
If you've been dreaming of a vacation, you may want to book it sooner rather than later! That's because flight prices in Canada are already soaring and experts say it's only going to get worse.
A new report from travel app Hopper has found that plane ticket prices in Canada have shot up since June 15th — which was just days before the feds announced travel restrictions would begin to be eased.
Domestically, Hopper says airfare is up 29% since mid-June, with average prices climbing from $419 to $542.
The cost of flying from Canada to the States is also increasing, up 24% between mid-June and July. The average price of a ticket has jumped from around $445 to $551, per the report.
The surge is less extreme between Canada and other international destinations around the world, with airfare rising by 8%.
It's not just Canadians who'll have to deal with rising ticket prices, either. Per the research, flights from the United States to Canada climbed by a "massive" 25% between June 15 and July 18, 2021.
This increased by an additional 6% after July 19, when the Canadian government confirmed that eligible fully vaccinated U.S. travellers would be able to visit Canada for non-essential purposes.
Will prices keep climbing?
Experts at Hopper expect the cost of flying to "continue to rise with steadily increasing travel demand to Canada."
It's also worth keeping in mind that the Canadian government continues to advise against all non-essential travel right now. When this advisory gets dropped and more people prepare to go abroad, flight costs could jump once again.
It's not all bad news, though. Hopper's report adds that "concerns about the effect of variant strains or newly imposed travel restrictions may suppress demand and airfare." Prices could also level off in the coming months due to seasonality, since summer is usually the peak travel season.
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.