Airline ticket reservations rise 15% during lockdown

Where do Ukrainians spend their involuntary holidays?

18 January 2021

In early January, in the run-up to the enactment of the 1–7 January lockdown, demand for airline tickets grew by 15% year-on-year, according to Aviasales data.

The top destinations among Ukrainians were Turkey, Poland, Egypt, the UAE, the Czech Republic, and Germany.

Reservations on the 1–7 of every month, %
MonthOctober 2020NovemberDecemberJanuary 2021
100% = 1–7 October data100101104115

Turkey, the Czech Republic, and the UAE were the top destinations by ticket purchases. Relatively warm countries, e.g., Turkey (~UAH 4,480 for a round trip ticket), Egypt (~UAH 10,270), and the UAE (~UAH 8,840) accounted for almost a quarter (23.14%) of search queries. Ukrainians don’t need a visa to visit these, only a fit-to-fly certificate with proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test.

Top destinations
Czech Republic815.1%

Although the Czech Republic and Germany are currently closed for tourists, Ukrainians are actively buying tickets to these destinations. These are likely labour migrants or people coming there on a family or student visa.

Domestic destinations account for 14% of all searches, the top ones being Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, and Dnipro. On average, a round trip ticket on domestic costs about UAH 4,480.

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