How mobilization raised flight prices and requests for accommodation abroad

How mobilization raised flight prices and requests for accommodation abroad
How mobilization raised flight prices and requests for accommodation abroad

President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization on 21 September. According to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, 300,000 people are going to be drafted into the army. At the same time, the border remains open for everyone. “If you have not received a summons, then you can go on trips. We do not have 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 you are assigned, ”said Zarina Doguzova, head of Rostourism, on the Telegram channel.

According to the Russian customs service, at the checkpoint (checkpoint) Upper Lars on the border with Georgia, as of 6:00 am on September 22, 1,511 passenger cars were issued for exit from Russia per day (against 1,261 cars a day earlier), the number of vehicles funds awaiting clearance, increased overnight from 50 to 300 cars. At the Kyakhta checkpoint in Buryatia, 45 cars stood in a traffic jam at the exit to Mongolia, during the day the checkpoint issued 186 cars for the exit. Days earlier, there were no queues at the checkpoint. At the Brusnichnoye checkpoint on the Russian-Finnish border, 890 passenger cars were issued for entry into Finland per day – twice as many as the day before.

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, who asked not to be named, the average cost of air tickets abroad increased by 77% per day. The number of search queries from Russia abroad, according to the service, has increased by 3.2 times (compared to the “neutral agenda” on Monday, September 19). 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. Moreover, 90% of buyers of tickets to foreign destinations booked a one-way ticket on September 21, which is 18% more than the day before.

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 (235,000 rubles) and IrAero (402,000 rubles), you can fly to Tashkent by North-West for 128,000 rubles and Qanot Sharq for 184,000 rubles. The cheapest flight today was to Baku by Aeroflot (76,000 rubles) and Pobeda (96,000). Most of the offers for tomorrow are sold on aviasales.ru marked “1 ticket left”. For later dates, there is more choice of tickets and price offers.

In addition to air tickets, the demand for hotels abroad has 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 increased six times, and in Turkey three times. 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.

“There is an option to go cheaper – buy an air ticket as part of a travel package,” says a Forbes source in the travel industry. “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), it was completely unimportant to tourists what kind of hotel it would be.”

According to him, another option to avoid mobilization is to stay in the holiday country: “The beach season is not over yet, and Russian tourists continue to relax. Yesterday, several requests from tourists were recorded to extend their holidays in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the Maldives – from a week to a month, depending on the case. On September 22, it was possible to buy a ticket to Turkey for two from the Intourist tour operator with a departure tomorrow for 64,000 rubles, from Fun & Sun (former Tui Russia) – for 189,000 rubles.

The article is in Russian

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