Russian authorities have allowed the local air operator Pegasus Tourist to operate charter flights to Burgas and Varna, Bulgarian media reported on Monday. The flights will reportedly 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 company specialising in the Russian market, other charter operators too have received permission to fly to Bulgaria. Among them are Ural Airlines and Aeroflot.
At the moment, according to the airport operator, 240 charter flights to Varna and about 630 to Burgas are planned for the period until 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”, Rumen Draganov, chairman of the Institute for Analysis and Evaluation in Tourism, was quoted as saying.
He said that the number of Russian visits to Bulgaria is expected to reach 100,000 this year. However, he said that this will depend on the pandemic situation in Russia, which is currently complicated.
Before the pandemic in 2019, the number of Russian tourists in Bulgaria reached 450,000. (Georgi Gotev| EURACTIV.bg)