The French SEO Airline Barometer

It’s time for the quarterly airline and flight comparison site barometer! Who ranks best for Paris-London, EasyJet or Air France? Who takes the top spot for the keyword “cheap flights”? Read on to find out…

The flight industry was one of the first to be revolutionized by the

Air Transportation Barometer
Air Transportation Barometer

internet. EasyJet pioneered selling 100% of its flights online from 2000 to avoid a costly distribution system dominated by travel agents, whose commission represented up to 20% (agency and GDS fees). Now that online reservations have become the norm, which airlines and flight comparison sites are faring well when it comes to SEO?

The top keywords for air travel in France:

  • Cheap flights (246K) – “vols pas cher”
  • Airline Tickets (200k) – “billets d’avion”
  • Flight comparison site (200k) -“comparateurs de vols”
  • Paris Barcelona (15k) – “Paris Barcelone”

Departing from Paris, the biggest pool of airline passengers in France, the main destinations are European (Barcelona, London, Berlin, Lisbon) and domestic with no high-speed train connection (e.g. Toulouse and Nice).

Airlines awareness in France

Unsurprisingly, Air France gets the biggest numbers of monthly searches, followed by iconic low-cost carriers EasyJet and Ryanair. All three snap up more than one million hits each month. Hot on their heels are low-cost alternatives Transavia, Vueling and Hop. North Africa specialists Aigle Azur, Air Algérie and Royal Air Maroc form a third block of high profile airlines with traditional European airlines like British Airways and Lufthansa not far behind.

Keyword (Keyword planner) Avg. Monthly Searches (June 2017)
air france 2 740 000
easyjet 2 240 000
ryanair 1 830 000
transavia 823 000
vueling 368 000
hop 368 000
aigle azur 301 000
air algerie 301 000
royal air maroc 246 000
british airways 165 000
lufthansa 165 000
emirates 165 000
iberia 135 000

Airline rankings for generic keywords

EasyJet comes in a commendable 4th for “cheap flights”, although performs less well for “airline ticket”, which was snapped up by Air France (14th). EasyJet is also well ranked for key phrases comprising “flight + destination” (e.g. flight Paris Barcelona), and “city + city” key phrases (e.g. Paris Toulouse, Paris Lisbon).

Airline SEO Ranking – SEMRush

Air France is the only airline to get these kinds of rankings for high-volume searches (e.g. No.5 for “Paris Nice” with 40k hits), while Ryanair trails at the bottom. The long history and number of links to this major French brand make all the difference compared to the other airlines.

Flight comparison sites ranking for airline names

Flight comparison site ranking for airline names
Flight comparison site ranking for airline names – SEMRush

 Liligo ranks best for airline brand names, but Jetcost also gets some good results.

Flight comparison ranking for generic keywords

SEO ranking france flight comparator generic keywords
Generic keyword SEO ranking for flight comparison sites – SEMRush

 

Opodo takes gold for the top two air travel keywords, “cheap flight” and “airline ticket”, and bronze for “flight comparison site” (Liligo No.2 and Kayak is No.1).

Opodo is also king for keywords combinations based on “airfare” (e.g. airfare and cheap airfares), but ranks less well for destination searches.

Opodo has made incredible progress compared to Liligo, who held the leading spot just one year ago.

Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts and comments…

See you in four months for the next airline barometer!

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