Russian tourist flow to Greece this year continues to decline. So, in May, in Heraklion arrived 21% less the Russians than a year earlier – only 32 thousand people. This information was provided by the official statistics of the airport.
Observers connect this fact with a reduction in the flight program of tour operators: apparently, market participants took into account the mistakes of the last season, when an oversupply of charters provoked a forced decline in prices for tours. “This year, all the players approached to the organization of the flight program to Crete with a more balance: some reduced the volume of transportation, others left at the last year’s level, and only a few operators increased the program. In general, as far as I know, the number of slots of Russian airlines in Heraklion has decreased by 12%. However, for us, Greece is one of the priorities, so this year we have increased the number of seats by 10% compared to the past year,” said Dimitris Haritidis, the head of the Greek department of TEZ TOUR operator.
The General Director of Mouzenidis Travel, Alexander Tsandekidi, told his version of a small decrease in the number of flights. In his opinion, a number of companies for which Turkey has always been a priority, last year increased their activity in Greece. And in this year they again redistributed the transportation capabilities in favor of Turkish resorts. “According to our sales, I do not observe a drop in demand. On the contrary - there is a small increase. I think, by the end of the year we will have a plus result, but it’s still difficult to name the real figures,” he noted.
The CEO of Ambotis Moscow Vitaly Stamatov supports a colleague “It’s too early to draw conclusions about the season. The main program started in June, and only after a month will we get more or less objective data.”
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.