The PEGAS Touristik’s charter program to Oman starts from October 15 (arrival airport is Salalah International Airport). The flights on the wings of Nordwind and Pegas Fly airlines (B737-800, 189 economy seats) are scheduled until May 3, 2019 (3 flights per month). According to PEGAS Touristik, the first and second flights to Oman are almost sold out. Nowadays, the next few flights are loaded at 60%. The loading of New Year's dates is estimated at 50%. In general, the depth of sales in the direction reaches mid-March 2019. PEGAS Touristik estimates the start of sales of tours to Oman as good. As Anna Podgornaya, the General Director of PEGAS Touristik, told, the booking is proceeded at a good rate. “The demand is in line with our forecasts and expectations. As the winter season begins - closer to mid-November - we expect the growth in demand, including for New Year's dates”, she said. PEGAS Touristik package tours to Oman are designed for 10, 11 and 21 nights. At present time, the tour operator offers 3 resorts in Oman - Mirbat, Salalah, Taka. On the company's website, the tours with accommodation at 11 hotels are calculated: from economical 3* to high level 5*. This includes 4 hotels of category 5*, 4 hotels of categories 4*, 3 hotels - categories 3*. Of the total number of hotels, 7 hotels are suitable for families. Currently, the early booking program on the direction is valid: discounts for accommodation range from 10 to 25%. The main booking period is until October 15, but for some hotels the early booking program is valid until October 31. According to PEGAS Touristik, tours to Oman are mainly booked by couples and adult tourists, but there are also applications from family audiences. “Most of the bookings are made by the agencies of Moscow region. And we have a lot of applications from the agencies of St. Petersburg and Arkhangelsk. In general, the geography of bookings of Oman direction extends from Nizhny Tagil, Ufa, Samara, Kazan, Chelyabinsk to Rostov-on-Don,” says Ms. Podgornaya. The cost of the tour to Oman since November 5 for 11 nights for one person starts from 48,000 Rubles ($ 719). The package tour to Oman for New Year's dates will cost more: from 76,000 Rubles ($ 1,138) per person.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.