Occupancy rate on Russian charter flights reaches 100 pct
by Daily Sabah with DHA
ISTANBULSep 12, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah with DHA
Sep 12, 2016 12:00 am
Occupancy rates on charter flights from Russia to Turkey have reached 100 percent since the first flight took off a week ago.
In a statement to the media, Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) President Dmitry Gorin said that despite the limited number of flights, tickets sold fast and plane occupancy rates reached 100 percent.
Domodedovo Airport's press service announced that 2,140 passengers flew to Turkey in just three days from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8, stressing that the planes took off with 100 percent occupancy. The airport is one of Moscow's biggest airports for charter flights.
Royal Flight arranged the first charter flight from Russia to Turkey on Sept. 2. According to Rambler news service, there are currently 123 scheduled and 63 charter flights from Russia to Turkey. ATOR also suggested that tour operators and airline companies have requested 18 more charter flights.
Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines (THY) has increased the number of daily flights to Moscow to 11, making the Russian capital, on a daily basis, its most-flown to international destination. Turning the crisis between Ankara and Moscow into an advantage, the airline set a new record by increasing the number of daily flights from Ankara, Antalya and Istanbul to Moscow to 11.
According to Gazetem, a Turkish-language Russian news portal, with three daily flights from Istanbul, six daily flights from Antalya and two weekly flights from Ankara to one of Moscow's biggest airports Vnukovo, THY is mentioned 11 times on Vnukovo's flight schedule two days a week.
Turning the delay in the charter flight permits into an opportunity, THY compensated for its passenger loss during the crisis between Turkey and Russia in a short period of time, using a positive and efficient strategy.
THY swiftly went to work in Antalya and increased the number of its daily flights to Moscow to six. Pleased with the current flight traffic, officials from Vnukovo Airport said that with the additional flight demand from Turkish Airlines, the total number of daily flights to Moscow will soon go up to seven between the two cities. Arranging mutual flights from 10 Russian cities to Turkey, THY flies to St. Petersburg, Kazan, Ufa, Yekaterinburg, Stavropol, Astrakhan, Sochi, Rostov and Novosibirsk in addition to Moscow.
The Russian government imposed a travel ban on its citizens after Turkey downed a Russian jet that violating its airspace near the Syrian border. The ban was lifted in June after a normalization process started between the countries.