Russians are buying tickets to Turkey and Montenegro
Online travel agencies note an increase in the number of bookings of air tickets abroad. Most air passengers buy tickets to Turkey and Montenegro. The cost of foreign flights as a whole increased by 10%, but the trend for tickets to Turkey is the opposite - they fell in price.
Despite the fact that there is no need to talk about the full restoration of international air traffic, the interest of Russian tourists in tickets abroad is gradually growing. According to Biletix, the share of international tickets in sales increased by 8% in August (from 6% in July).
Turkey is in the greatest demand among foreign destinations for individual tourists. Tourists buy tickets to Istanbul and Antalya, and the country's total share in online agencies reaches 25% of total bookings abroad.
Most tourists come to the resorts of Turkey using the services of tour operators. That is, taking into account the package tours, the total share of the destination will be much higher.
Montenegro is the second in demand after Turkey in August. Air traffic with this country has not yet been restored, but the demand for tickets has revived after Montenegro announced its readiness to receive tourists from Russia.
According to the OneTwoTrip service, the number of purchased air tickets to Montenegro in the first week of August (from August 3 to August 9) increased almost fivefold compared to the data for the entire July. After the message of the Montenegrin authorities on allowing Russians to enter the country, the number of search requests for tickets to Tivat and Podgorica increased 20 times compared to July.
“The most popular foreign air route in the autumn in recent days is Moscow - Tivat, it is on the first line in sales from August 3, when an active discussion began on the possible resumption of air traffic with Montenegro. Every eighth ticket sold abroad over the last 2 weeks is a ticket to Tivat,” the company underlined.
Montenegro is expecting the restoration of air communication with Russia from September 1. It is expected that flights from this date will be launched by Aeroflot.
Also in the top of the most popular foreign destinations in August are Yerevan, Chisinau and Bali.
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.