The ban on flights to Georgia led to a record demand for Armenia
As Biletix.ru Company reported, the growth in volume of bookings of air ticket to Azerbaijan in June increased by 36% compared the same period last year, and to Armenia - by 104%.
This trend is not a surprise on the tourist market: after stopping flights to Georgia it was assumed that many tourists would prefer one of these two destinations instead Georgia. At the same time, professionals pay attention to the fact that more travelers are attracted by Armenia, which has no access to the sea, than Azerbaijan, whose capital is located directly on the coast.
However, according to the specialists of the Biletix Company, it is impossible to speak about the exact correlation between the events in Georgia and the increase of tourist flow to Armenia. “This country has been a growing destination since the beginning of the year,” says Grigory Lugovoy, PR director of the service.
According to experts, the final conclusions about -what destination tourists will be reorienting -can be done in two weeks. Moreover, not all travelers will refuse from their plans to rest in Georgia. Based on this fact, other airlines are trying to occupy the vacant slots at Georgian airports. Thus, three Armenian air carriers, Armenia, Taron Avia and Atlantis Europen Airways, have already announced plans to increase the presence of their flights in the air corridors between Russia and Georgia.
By the way, it was possible to assume that a presidential decree on the suspension of flights between the countries from July 8 will provoke a rise in ticket prices after this date. However, while the cost has increased slightly - the average price for the flights with transfers to Georgia has grown by only 3.3%: from 18,319 (255 Euros) to 18,934 Rubles (264 Euros).
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.