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When leaving the country, Russians are less likely to buy return tickets

According to RBC with reference to Aeroclub data, the number of managers in Russia who do not buy return air tickets when leaving the country has sharply increased.

In March of this year, the share of one-way tickets in March reached 70%, and in April it was 45%. For comparison: in 2019, such tickets accounted for about a third of orders. Aeroclub analyzed more than 1 million purchases of air tickets and hotel reservations in the first quarter and April 2019, 2021 and 2022.

This situation with one-way tickets, according to the managing director of Aeroclub Yulia Lipatova, indirectly confirms the fact that employees of Russian companies have moved to other countries. In March-April of this year, most often one-way tickets were taken to Kazakhstan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Israel, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the United Arab Emirates. Yulia Lipatova added that Russian managers mainly choose “visa-free countries with which air communication is open.”

In April, the demand for accommodation in Israel exceeded the figures for 2019 by 73%. Most of the bookings came from representatives of the IT and telecom segment, as well as companies providing financial and consulting services.

According to the FSB, in the first quarter of 2022, 3.88 million Russians left Russia. This is 36% less than in the fourth quarter of 2021, but 46% more than in the first quarter of 2021.

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