ELLINAIR AND THE INCREASE OF RUSSIAN TOURISTS 2014
This year is expected to be an equally good to the last one, with tourist arrivals from Russia to our country continually increasing, as the one million Russian tourists in 2013 are expected to increase in 2014.
The bookings from the Russian market are at the moment at a very satisfactory level. It is worth to say that until now the prebookings have already increased 300 %! This increase is also verified by the statistics of the airport "Macedonia" CAA. Specifically, in 2013, there was an increase of 17.5% in the arrivals from Russia, compared with 2012, 77% from Ukraine and 51,5% from Belarus.
A new airline, Ellinair, comes to contribute in the arrivals from countries of the former Soviet Union, with main routes from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, but from other countries too. The company predicts to transfer more than 500.000 tourists this season. Recently the due process was completed by the CAA and the company is now technical license holder (AOC) and commercially licensed for flights execution and exploitation. The property has two aircrafts of type RJ85. The first one will be assigned to routes after February 5th and the second one next April.