Russian tourists influx cause major increase in scheduled flights.
Quantity exceeded 1 million with an increase of 46% compared to the previous year. This is a new record, according to the Turkish Travel Agencies Association (TÜRSAB).
Following the unexpected increases last year, many tour operators had trouble in supplying airplanes. However, this time the tour operators turned to scheduled flights, with agreements made earlier, in addition to charter flights. Atlasglobal, a private Turkish carrier, shifted its flight routes to Russia with a guaranteed flight view. While another Turkish Airline Pegasus got permission for three new direct flights from Russia to Dalaman, according to Turkish Daily Dünya. And also there are lot of routes variants to go to Milas Bodrum Airport.
According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism data, the number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey in 2017 stood at 4.7 million. The positive course in the Russian market continues in 2018 as well. In the first four months of 2018, the number of visitors from Russia rose by 63.9 percent to 524,000 in comparison to the same period of 2015. Regarded as the record year for the Russian market, according to the April border entry statistics. The number of visitors from Russia to Istanbul increased by 72 percent to 196,474 people.