Belgium, Europe: Russia’s full-scale military operation has seen interest in travelling to Eastern Europe, resulting in TUI fly Belgium cancelling all flights to Bulgaria until the end of June month.
The flights to North Macedonia have also been cancelled for the entire summer season as well as the flights to the popular destinations, such as Prague, have been decreased in demand, as per the reports.
Moreover, the airline flies typically to the Bulgarian airports of Burgas and Varna, and it is located nearby the Black sea in the far east of the nation, two times a week.
But with both Russia as well as Ukraine bordering the Black Sea, too, tourism to this region has taken a hit.
Along with this, TUI Head of Communications Piet Demeyere insists that Bulgaria is “absolutely not a risk country”, but they have noted that “Belgian travelers are somewhat reluctant to choose an Eastern European destination at the moment.”
The people whose flights have been cancelled can rebook to another destination or opt for a refund. Demeyere mentioned in the statement, “We have absolutely no intention of cancelling flights after June 30,” but they will monitor the geopolitical situation.
In addition, the demand for trips to Bulgaria and Prague has dropped, and the travellers have not given up on their holidays.
In March this year, Brussels Airport reported more than 1.1 million passengers, six times more than in a similar period last year.
However, Demeyere stated, “Travelers would rather take a city trip to Valencia or Lisbon than Eastern Europe. The whole region suffers a bit from the situation in Ukraine.”
According to the reports, as the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, the airports are frequently struggling with the sudden influx of travelers in European airports.
Furthermore, the European branch of the Airports Council International (ACI) said that there are significant constraints affecting air transport.