The Russian authorities have allowed the local airline Pegasus Tourist to operate charter flights to Burgas and Varna, Bulgarian media reported on Monday. The flights are supposed to start at the end of June.
There are currently no flights from Russia to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
According to Galin Georgiev, owner of Solvex, the largest tour operator specializing in the Russian market, other charter operators have also been given permission to fly to Bulgaria. These include Ural Airlines and Aeroflot.
According to the airport operator, 240 charter flights to Varna and around 630 to Burgas are currently planned by October.
“Bulgaria can expect up to 10,000 visits by Russian citizens per month after Russia decided to resume flights to a number of countries, including ours,” said Rumen Draganov, chairman of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluation in Tourism.
He said the number of Russian visits to Bulgaria is expected to reach 100,000 this year. However, this will depend on the current complicated pandemic situation in Russia, he said.
Before the pandemic in 2019, the number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria reached 450,000. (Georgi Gotev | EURACTIV.bg)