Solar Eclipse Fuels Travel Boom: A Look at Shifting Travel Patterns

View of Earth showing North America in shadow during solar eclipse.
Photo Credit: Momentum Ventures

The awe-inspiring solar eclipse that captivated North America on April 8, 2024, wasn’t just a celestial spectacle; it also significantly impacted travel patterns.

This event highlights the fascinating connection between natural phenomena and the travel industry.

Momentum Ventures™, the parent company of FlightHub™,™, and Flygreen™, dives into the eclipse’s influence on travel behaviour. It reveals some valuable insights into the ever-changing world of air travel.

Momentum Ventures™ recognizes the power of natural wonders like eclipses to influence travel decisions, ultimately impacting the travel sector.

Data from FlightHub and paints a clear picture: travel trends shifted noticeably during the eclipse period, with a surge in bookings to prime viewing locations.

Domestic flight bookings to Montreal, QC, skyrocketed by 17% over the weekend preceding the eclipse compared to the prior three weeks.

This stands in stark contrast to the same period last year, which saw a 13% decrease in bookings.

Across the border in the United States, cities like Dallas, Austin, and Indianapolis experienced a collective average increase of 48% in domestic flight bookings for the eclipse weekend.

Austin claimed the top spot with a remarkable 53% jump compared to the preceding three weeks and a 37% rise year-over-year.

Dallas followed closely behind with a 44% increase compared to the previous three weeks and a 47% uptick from 2023.

Indianapolis saw the most modest growth at 31% compared to the preceding three weeks, but still boasted a 16% increase year-over-year.

A NASA map of The Great North American Eclipse
NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio – Beth Anthony, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A Passion for Celestial Phenomena

Matt Keezer, CEO of Momentum Ventures™ provided his thoughts on recent events. “The latest data from FlightHub and reveals intriguing travel trends surrounding the eclipse,”

“The significant rise in domestic bookings to destinations like Montreal and across the US showcases the undeniable allure of celestial events for travelers. It’s a testament to the constantly evolving dynamics of travel behavior.”

This pattern reflects a growing interest among travelers to witness these natural wonders firsthand, demonstrating their flexibility to adapt their travel plans for such experiences.

“Natural phenomena like the solar eclipse have a multifaceted impact on the private aviation sector,” explains Matt Keezer.

“While Flygreen™ recognizes the fascination with events like eclipses or the Northern Lights. Private aviation companies also play a crucial role in responding to natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.”

Photo: Solar Impulse Foundation

“We see a surge in private jet bookings during such events, primarily for evacuation purpose,” he explained.

This surge is often driven by the urgent need to evacuate individuals from affected areas. Disrupted flight schedules and limited commercial airline availability create significant operational challenges and mass cancellations.

In these critical situations, private aviation becomes a lifeline, offering vital assistance and safe transport when it’s needed most.


Momentum Ventures™ views the solar eclipse, and all natural phenomena for that matter, as a unique opportunity. The company emphasizes the value of collaboration within the travel and aviation industry to support public interest in such occurrences.

By fostering the exchange of insights, resources, and best practices, the industry can continuously improve its readiness for significant events to come.

This benefits not only the industry itself but also travelers and the overall economy. A holistic approach needs to be taken in encompassing flights, suitable accommodations, and transportation.

Providing engaging tours is crucial for creating truly memorable experiences around such events.This integrated strategy fosters greater traveler engagement and satisfaction.

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