Experts analyzed tickets with departure dates from December 28, 2021 to January 9, 2022. Independent travelers account for 91.5% of bookings in Russia, a year ago this figure was 98.5%, and in the pre-pandemic time − 75-77%.
Most of the flights during the winter holidays are planned on the Moscow — Sochi route. The share of this route has grown in two years from 4.7% to 5.9%. The average price is now 16% lower than before the pandemic: it decreased from 13,970 to 11,754 rubles (about $ 190-161) for a round-trip flight.
The second place was taken by the route Moscow — Simferopol. The share of this direction is comparable with that of the rating leader and amounts to 5.6%. The average round trip ticket price has grown to the pre-pandemic level and is 10,569 rubles (about $ 144).
The third popular place is Kaliningrad. The Moscow — Kaliningrad round trip flight is an average of 9,877 (about $ 135). The number of tourists is 5% less than before the pandemic.
The TOP-10 of the most popular domestic routes for the New Year holidays also includes routes from Moscow to Mineralnyeh Vody, Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Murmansk, Yekaterinburg and Ufa, as well as from St. Petersburg to Krasnodar.
"Online sales have already returned to the pre-crisis level, as the customers switched from buying flight ticket offline to online services. People are more likely to buy tickets online, especially from major agencies or airline websites. The recovery in demand was also facilitated by the fact that people, who work remotely, began to travel more often and choose to do their remote work not at home, travel to change the environment, to visit relatives. There are more trips to non-"classic" tourist destinations. So, in general, we have already reached the pre-crisis level, not only in terms of New Year's sales," noted Olga Yepikhina, head of Tutu.ru's Airline tickets.
According to her, currently the period of advance booking is about two weeks, so the level of demand for flights during the New Year holidays can be estimated approximately in mid-December.