TUI Russia revised its plans to create its own airline
TUI Russia tour operator plans to almost double its volume up to 1.3 million tourists in 2019. “We have been thinking for a long time whether to create our own airline and fly only by own wings. Concluded that no. Why? Because if we create a company, it should be as large and stable as, for example, Aeroflot. Such large airline should cover all airports of departure, all regions, it should has a fleet of more than 200 airplanes. Otherwise, the company will always suffer from the fact that some airports are not covered by flight map, it cannot fly from some regions. Of course, this does not suit us,” Taras Demura, the general director of the tour operator, told at the Spanish congress of TUI Russia.
According to the top manager of TUI Russia, instead of this option, the company decided to lease the aircraft from the country's most popular airlines, such as AZUR Air, IFly, Ural Airlines, Yamal, UTair, etc.
“Today, TUI already has 12 airplanes under operational leasing. This allows us to quickly and flexibly transport volumes depending on demand, as well as expand the geography of departures from regions. Last year we flew from 11 cities, in 2019 - from 22 cities. Next year we plan to increase these figures to 35 cities of departure,” said Mr. Demura.
The head of TUI Russia, explaining the choice of the current model of transportation, clarified that the task of the tour operator now is to have the most efficient, inexpensive aviation program, broadly covering the entire country. “In fact, we want to have our own mini-fleet in every major airline,” Taras Demura said.
In this case, the tour operator plans to increase the share of regular transportation. Speaking about the prospects of cooperation of the tour operator and regular airlines, Mr. Demura said that today they are actively going to the travel market and trying to offer competitive transportation.