With budget Iceland airlines Icelandair and WOW Air infiltrating Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in May
, other airlines offering trips to Europe are stepping up their pricing game.
You can now find significantly cheaper flights to Europe than this same time last year, according to Hopper
, a budget travel company who recently worked with Cleveland.com to crunch fare numbers from June 2017 to June 2018.
That analysis found
that passage from Cleveland to Europe dropped a whopping 36 percent on average. Flights to Paris went from $1,052 to $588, while fares to London went from $1,159 to $796. Madrid and Rome fares were down 17 percent and 19 percent, respectively.
"There's a big decline and that's specific to Cleveland," Patrick Surry, the chief data scientist for Hopper, told
Cleveland.com. "We haven't seen huge differences to Europe as a whole. It's primarily due to the introduction of these new carriers. We've seen that in other cities, as well."
Corrine Smith, a travel agent with Independence Travel
, says she can't be sure why tickets to Europe are so cheap right now — be it Brexit, better weather or competition from other airlines — but she says these are the best prices she's ever seen in her 34-year career.
Since the start of the new year she says more clients are already booking flights to Europe than they did this time last year. She says fares under $1,000 were once nearly unheard of.
"Before if a flight was $1,100 or $1,200, I'd say you got a great deal," she says. "I hope the airlines do keep these prices, it makes my job easier."