Compared with 2019, the price of air tickets purchased between January and March in some cities in the Russian Federation increased by 15-120% when leaving the United States between April and June.reporter Notice, Citing data from travel aggregators Aviasales, Tutu.ru, Kupibilet and OneTwoTrip. At the same time, tickets from Moscow to Naberezny Cherny, Tomsk, Xiazhkamsk and Cheboksary increased the most. However, the government of the Russian Federation denies the increase in fares.
Experts using aggregated data explained that the sharp increase in prices was due to rising air carrier costs, low profitability, and cumulative losses in 2020. As a result, the ticket price from Moscow to Naberezny Cherny increased by 121%, the ticket price of the flight to Tomsk increased by 91%, and the ticket price of the flight to Nizhny Kamsk increased by 88%. %, the fare to Cheboksary increased by 46%. The price of air tickets from Sochi to Perm increased by 58%, and the price of air tickets from Novosibirsk to Nizhnezhvartovsk increased by 41%.
The price of flights from Moscow to Khanty-Mansiysk, Rostov-on-Don, Ulyanovsk, Mineral Valley, Yakutsk, Krasnodar and Siktyvkar also increased by 30- 36%. Prices of flights from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Kazan, Irkutsk, Volgograd, Simferopol, Sochi, Surgut, from Sochi to Rostov-on-Don and St. Petersburg have increased By more than 15%.
OneTwoTrip spokeswoman Elena Shelekhova (Elena Shelekhova) confirmed to Izvestia (Russia) from April to June from Moscow, Sochi and Simferopol (Simferopol) The price of air tickets has risen, and the price of a one-way ticket from Moscow is 5.1 thousand rubles, which is 10% more expensive than before. The COVID-19 pandemic occurred two years ago. The service representative also pointed out that the air ticket from Sochi rose by 21%-to 6.2 thousand rubles, while the air ticket from Simferopol-rose by 3% to 6000 rubles.
According to representatives of “Tutu.ru”, the price of air travel in the Russian Federation is still affordable compared to other countries. Therefore, in the 10 most popular foreign destinations to Chisinau from April to June, you can buy tickets for up to 10,000 rubles one way.
Experts attribute the sharp increase in domestic aviation prices to the fact that airlines have accumulated huge losses and increased debt burdens during the coronavirus pandemic and imposed sanitation restrictions. In addition, operating costs have increased in the past year: the prices of airports and aviation fuel have risen.
The Ministry of Transport first stated that they could not comment on the sharp increase in costs because they were not familiar with the methods used by aggregators to estimate air travel prices. The representative of the department clarified that the increase in capacity that airlines intend to provide in the second quarter of 2021 will have a positive impact on the minimum tariffs on the population.
Later, the press service of the Ministry of Transport added that the information of air ticket aggregators about a 15-120% increase in air ticket prices in 2019 was incorrect and inconsistent with the reality. The ministry also pointed out that, on the contrary, from June 2019 to June 2021, airfare prices have declined in many directions.
“The information provided by many aggregators regarding the alleged increase in airfare prices compared to 2019 is not based on the data of the entire market and cannot be regarded as the real situation. We have noticed some price drops, the Ministry of Transportation pointed out.” The airline noted, Sales between April 2021 and June 2021 are on average 7% cheaper than the same period in 2019. “
The comparison of prices with the same period in 2019 is due to the following fact: in the spring of 2020, due to the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, transportation demand was inelastic, and tariff changes did not result in changing demand.