Meanwhile, a flight to Naples is even more disputable. Thus, the organizers point out that 50% will be sold to travel companies, while the second half will be offered to end clients through the Internet, Eurofly office in Russia and other distribution channels. In general, the airline company hopes for 70% flight load. ‘There are practically no peak times for the Italian destination; however, the tourist flow in both winter and summer is quite high. Therefore, a new Moscow –Naples flight is reasonable at the moment and we are sure it will be profitable’, stated Alexey Raevskyi, General Director Deputy of the Airport Complex Domodedovo.
Nevertheless, Russian travel market players interviewed by a BANKO correspondent doubt the success of the Eurofly initiative due to inconvenient slots offered by the airline – late flight from Moscow and morning flight from Naples. ‘They seem to be oriented for Italian tourists, while Russian tourist in such a situation will ‘lose’ two days of their trips’, said Andris Kalninsh, General Director of Mondo Tours. For businessmen who travel on business for three-four days a weekly flight is also inconvenient. ‘Besides, the flight does not have a competitive advantage regarding either price or type of the aircraft’, added General Director of Uzhel &Co, Eugenia Zakharova. According to Kalninsh, Alitalia offers a cheaper Moscow – Naples flight. Moreover, in summer an Italian low-cost airline, Wind Jet, will finally enter the Russian market that would make the competition tougher, summarized the expert.