Delays at airports have caused holidaymakers to reconsider their plans and it is likely more people will be visiting Torbay once again this year. Credit:

Peter Vosper: Airport problems likely to bring more holidaymakers to Devon

Peter Vosper

Cancellations of flights and delays at airports have caused many holidaymakers to reconsider their holiday plans and it is likely more people will be visiting Devon and Cornwall once again this year.

Shortages of pilots, cabin crew and baggage handlers are given as reasons for the difficulties but trying to run flights to multiple locations, at a profit, remains challenging.

Recently, we experienced a long delay at the airport and can sympathise with families who have young children and are forced to endure the uncertainty of not knowing whether their flight will leave or not.

For many, the alternative of jumping into their car and stopping where and when they need to, is still a much more attractive proposition.

Also, many British resorts are now providing a choice of things to do for the whole family if the weather is not good, and although there may be traffic delays you are able to take a break and refresh yourself and your passengers.

For foreign visitors also concerned about airport problems, the benefit of Brittany Ferries bringing French, Spanish and Portuguese with their cars arriving in Plymouth, could be an added benefit.

All these new additional visitors to our part of the world will add some welcome revenue to local businesses and their teams to help with the increased costs expected during the winter months.

The new car market continues to struggle and total registrations in May were down by over 20 per cent, the second worst May since 1992, caused by the lack of chips and other supply problems.

Private sales were down by only ten per cent and still remain up for the year, while fleet and business sales were the biggest fallers.

Ford regained top spot from Volkswagen and Kia, as outstanding orders were delivered and the electric powered vehicles share increased once again.

The new van market also suffered, down by over 25 per cent, with the same shortages causing the problem.

This is the fifth month in a row that commercial sales have fallen but in spite of that there are now more commercial vehicles on the road than cars.

There are also more than three-quarters of a million electric vehicles on the road but car ownership fell for the second year in a row.

This is why the SMMT is campaigning for the government to give further assistance to the motor industry to not only to prepare for the change to electric vehicles but to incentivise manufacturers to invest in Britain in the future, and not lose out to Europe.

As forecast, the used car market has also fallen and prices are now closer to pre-Covid levels.

There are shortages of certain models which will mean some prices will remain relatively high but these are mostly in specialist vehicles.

Stocks are reasonable so buyers should be able to find the car they want.

Peter Vosper, chairman of the Vospers Group
Peter Vosper, chairman of the Vospers Group