Tourist flow to Turkey is 40-50% lower than last year
ATOR studied the sales statistics of the five largest players on the Turkish market - Coral Travel, Anex Tour, Pegas Touristik, Fun&Sun and Intourist.
The tour operators state that in terms of the number of tourists, they sent to Turkey in June 2022, the decrease from June of pre-pandemic 2019 is still very significant. The figures fluctuate (depending on the company) from -50% to -80% from June 2019 levels.
All this is confirmed by the Turkish statistics. So, according to the Governor of Antalya, in June 2022, 417 874 tourists from the Russian Federation arrived at the resorts of this province. This is 52% less than in June 2019 (865 thousand). The resorts of the province of Mugla (Aegean coast) were visited by 73 950 Russians in June 2022 (a decrease of -59,4% compared to June 2019, when 182 186 tourists came from Russia).
As for July 2022, in the first 10 days, tour operators transported 40% - 50% fewer tourists to Turkey than on the same dates in July 2021.
The key driver of the downturn is air transportation. In July 2019, tour operators flew to the main summer resort of Turkey, Antalya, from 50 cities of the Russian Federation, in July 2021 - from 25-30 cities of Russia, now there are flight programs there only from 17 cities.
These are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Samara, Sochi, Surgut, Tyumen and Ufa. At the same time, a number of tour operators do not have all these cities in their flight list.
“There is no increase of the volume of regular transportation to Turkey since the beginning of June. There is still a shortage of seats, as a result of which the air price in the tour package remains high,” states Fun&Sun.