After Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of a partial mobilization, airfare prices soared and demand for housing abroad increased, writes Forbes.
Now the border remains open for now – the head of the Federal Tourism Agency, Zarina Doguzova, noted that it is possible to go on trips if the citizen has not received a summons.
“We have no information about any restrictive regulations at the federal level. Also, on the advice of the head of the State Duma Defense Committee, for clarifications, you can contact the military registration and enlistment office to which they are assigned, ”Doguzova said.
After the announcement of the mobilization, there was a rush demand for air tickets. According to a representative of one of the services for booking tickets and hotels, the average cost of air tickets abroad increased by 77% per day.
Most often, users searched for flights to foreign countries that do not require a visa: Turkey, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, UAE, Georgia, Thailand and Tajikistan. 90% of buyers of tickets to foreign destinations booked a one-way ticket on September 21.
Prices have risen significantly, Forbes found out.
- On the morning of September 22, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines offered flights to Turkey on September 23 at prices ranging from 115,000 to 175,000 rubles for a one-way ticket.
- Tickets for flights on September 23 from Moscow to Yerevan could be bought from Qatar Airways (235 thousand rubles) and IrAero (402 thousand rubles).
- You can fly to Tashkent by the North-West company for 128 thousand rubles and Qanot Sharq for 184 thousand rubles.
- The most budgetary was the flight to Baku – by Aeroflot (76 thousand rubles) and Pobeda (96 thousand rubles).
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Demand for hotels abroad also increased. According to Ostrovok.ru, an online hotel booking service, the number of searches for hotels in the CIS countries on Wednesday, September 21, increased five times compared to Monday, September 19, and the number of bookings doubled.
- Housing in Armenia was searched 14 times more often than on Monday.
- In Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan – eight times.
- The demand for hotels in Serbia has increased six times.
- Three times in Turkey.
The number of real bookings (purchases) for September 21 also increased compared to “neutral Monday”: in Kyrgyzstan – five times, in Kazakhstan – three and a half times, in Armenia – three times, in Uzbekistan – twice.
“Yesterday, a new phenomenon was noted: the number of purchases of tours increased, which shows that vouchers were purchased for the sake of cheaper tickets (including charter ones), tourists didn’t care at all what the hotel would be,” a Forbes source said and added that some tourists also decide to stay in a holiday country.