Fearing the “mass arrests of aircraft abroad,” all the commercial and charter airlines in Russia have suspended their international flights. This is happening due to its attack on Ukraine. Goa’s charter season will be hugely affected by the decision of the Russian government.
During the charter season, which lasts till mid-May, apparently, Goa receives a huge number of tourists from Russia each year. Goa’s tourism was already struggling due to a slowdown in bookings from Russian tourists, and this news came as a blow.
The last charter from Russia reached Goa on March 3 but returned with no passengers on March 7. As per reports, this happened just after Russia’s announcement of flight suspension. Goa can’t expect any charters in April either if the Russia-Ukraine war goes on.
President of the Goa Chamber of Commerce (GCCI), Ralph de Sousa, said, “All the operators located in Russia take charters on lease. If a fleet of charters leased to operators in Russia were withdrawn because of the sanctions, they would be in trouble.
Travelers from Belarus, Georgia, and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) nations used to visit Goa. There’s no hope of Russian charters coming to Goa during the remainder of the season as these countries are quite close to the warring nations. As of now, Kazakhstan is the only country sending charters to Goa as of now, and that too, only once a week.