Published on : Thursday, May 30, 2019
As the seat capacity on direct flights from Russia to selected Asia-Pacific (APAC) destinations doubled, Russian arrivals in APAC countries boomed. The volume of arrivals rocketed towards the end of last summer, according to ForwardKeys’ data.
Total international arrivals in the APAC region were up 3.8 per cent, May 2018 to April 2019. However, Russia’s 54.5 per cent increase meant Europe was the top growing origin continent, up 6.3 per cent.
The number of Russian leisure travellers grew up by 62.8 per cent while the business travel rose by 27.5 per cent. The ratio of leisure to business travel was 81:19. The average length of the day was 16.1 nights. The general trend was towards shorter lead times, the Russians are booking fewer days in advance, 65.8 days, down from 78.1 days. Average passenger per booking is 3.3 persons.
Direct flights from Russia to Asia-Pacific more than doubled as airlines increased their seat capacity substantially. Overall seat capacity was up 37.6 per cent, with the highlights being a 124.8 per cent increase in seats to Thailand and 153.0 per cent to Vietnam.
The top growing destinations are Vietnam, Thailand, Maldives, South Korea and India.
Russia is now the 9th top origin country – by share – outside of APAC itself. It’s due to a combination of increased seat capacity on direct flights, high-profile political visits, and astute marketing… as well as agile capacity meeting demand.