Flight consolidator JTA has reported a 6% increase in sales in long haul flights in the first two months of the year.

Managing director Wayne Darrock said the growth was at the expense of euro-based destinations as customers shy away from the additional expense caused by the weak pound.

He added New York, Sydney and Dubai are the top three selling destinations in the longhaul market.

Darrock said: “Air ticket sales are exceeding our expectations and are holding up well in the current climate.

“We are growing our market share thanks to excellent agent support. We have sharpened everything we do including better pricing, and a faster response to offers, plus greater quality control in admin and after sales.

“This has enabled us to stay ahead of the competition.”