World Cup fever overtakes Russia as air bookings cross 118% in June

Published on : Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Russian tourismPre-planned flights to Russia have increased by over 100% just prior to this year’s FIFA World Cup as per the latest statistics released by ForwardKeys.


The FIFA World Cup would be held from 14th June till 15th July, 2018.


The flight bookings for this football tournament that returns to Europe for the first time in 12 years has increased by more than 118.3% in the month of June as compared to the same period year-on-year.


International tourist arrivals to Russia from those nations that have qualified for the competition have indicated significant rises, led by Mexico at a factor of Brazil (x15), Argentina (x10) and Poland (x7) as of the end of February.


Bookings from Italy are also lagging behind by nearly as 50% year-on-year owing the nation’s failure to qualify for the tournament.


Olivier Jager, the CEO of ForwardKeys mentioned that the Russians are eagerly anticipating the power of sport and its potential to boost tourism. The bookings trends are likely to correlate with what appears to be a return to health in the aviation sector of Russia.


Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviation asserted that the total air traffic soared by 114.2% year-on-year in January to touch 7.6 million. Aeroflot Russian airlines actually accounts for the majority of that share, dealing roughly with 2.5 million passengers.


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