The most popular European cities for travelers for Christmas dates
The experts of Tutu.ru online travel service analyzed the sale of air tickets to Europe for Christmas dates and found out which destinations became the most popular among Russians. The specialists analyzed the numbers of departures to European cities from any city of Russia.
According to the company's press service, in 2019, European routes account for about 8% of all tickets sold by Tutu.ru in December. This share will decrease at the end of December to the final 4–5%, when tickets will be bought more actively for domestic flights in Russia, the average reservation depth for which is 5–7 days.
Compared to last year, the number of travelers, who decided to go to Europe for the holidays at the beginning of December, fell by 4%. The average cost of flights to Europe remained at the level of last year (+ 2% - up to 396 Euros for round-trip tickets).
As airline sales show, Prague is the most favorite rout in December. Also, travelers fly to Dusseldorf and Munich for winter holidays. By the way, four cities in Germany were included in the rating at once: Dusseldorf, Munich, Berlin and Frankfurt. This is probably due to the love of travelers to Germany, and the number of air flights to this country.
Interest in Belgrade has grown noticeably (the share of passengers has doubled from 1,6% to 2,9%). Serbia is considered as one of the cheapest countries in Europe.
At the same time, Barcelona dropped out of the TOP-10 this year. In seven destinations of the TOP-10 there is a decline in prices. The largest decline is for the flights to Belgrade (-12%). On the contrary, the average price in Dusseldorf grew by a third.
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.