10,000 Bulgarians were in Italy Last Month
10,000 Bulgarians traveled to Europe's most affected country by a coronavirus - Italy, last month. This is shown by the data of the National Statistical Institute (NSI).
Even more so are the Bulgarians who traveled to Spain in February - 12.9 thousand, where the situation with COVID-19 is also very serious, although things did not escalate last month. At the same time, however, the two European countries are by far not among the top destinations for Bulgarians in February. Most Bulgarians have traveled to our neighboring countries.
In February 2020, the number of the trips of Bulgarian residents abroad was 400.6 thousand or by 1.0% above the registered in February 2019. In comparison with the same month of the previous year, an increase was observed in the total number of the trips of Bulgarians to: Austria - by 6.2%, Spain - by 4.6%, Turkey - by 3.9%, Republic of North Macedonia - by 3.7%, Germany - by 1.7%, the United Kingdom - by 1.4%, France - by 1.0%, Serbia - by 0.3%, and etc. At the same time decreased the trips to: Italy - by 16.1%, Czech Republic - by 4.2%, the Netherlands - by 3.4%, Greece - by 3.3%, Romania - by 0.5%, and etc.
In comparison with February 2019, an increase was registered in the trips with professional purpose - by 2.9% and with âholiday and recreationâ - by 1.5%, while those with purposes âothersâ decreased by 0.2%. The trips with other purposes (as a guest, education and visit the cultural and sport events) in February 2020 composed the greatest share of the total number of trips of Bulgarian residents abroad - 49.2%, followed by those with professional purpose - 27.8%, and with holiday and recreation purposes - 23.0%Â
In February 2020 most trips of Bulgarian citizens were made to: Turkey - 86.1 thousand, Greece - 62.8 thousand, Romania - 45.0 thousand, Serbia - 38.2 thousand, Republic of North Macedonia - 30.4 thousand, Germany - 22.7 thousand, Austria - 16.2 thousand, France - 13.4 thousand, Spain - 12.9 thousand, Italy - 10.0 thousand.
In February 2020, the number of arrivals of visitors from abroad to Bulgaria was 508.0 thousand or by 5.2% more in comparison with February 2019. An increase in the trips with all observed purposes was registered: âholiday and recreationâ - by 6.6%, âothersâ (including as guest and passing transit) - by 6.0% and âprofessionalâ - by 0.6%. Transit passes through the country were 25.1% (127.7 thousand) of all visits of foreigners to Bulgaria.
The share of visits of ĐU citizens was 44.2% of the total number of foreignersâ visits to Bulgaria in February 2020 or by 1.0% less in comparison with the same month of the previous year. A decrease was registered in the visits of citizens from Belgium - by 25.6%, Austria - by 23.2%, Germany - by 7.1%, Greece - by 4.5%, Romania - by 2.7%, and etc. At the same time increased the visits from Poland - by 17.4%, France - by 7.8%, Italy - by 6.4%, and etc. The visits of foreigners in the group âOther European countriesâ1 increased by 11.0%, as the highest increase was observed in the visits of citizens of Ukraine - by 19.3%. In February 2020, the predominant share of the visits with holiday and recreation purpose was 42.4%, followed by trips with other purposes - 38.8%, and with professional purpose - 18.8%.
In February 2020 the most visits to Bulgaria were from: Turkey - 95.8 thousand, Romania - 63.0 thousand, Serbia - 57.0 thousand, Greece - 53.8 thousand, Republic of North Macedonia - 43.2 thousand, the United Kingdom - 32.7 thousand, Ukraine - 16.9 thousand, Israel - 16.3 thousand, Germany - 14.0 thousand, Russian federation - 10.9 thousand.
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Ryanair has Grounded nearly all of its Planes until June
Ryanair has grounded nearly all of its planes from today by June 2020, unless there is a change in government action to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
This was announced by the company in a message posted on their website. However, the planes are ready for repatriation flights, as well as for emergency supplies of food, medicines and safety funds.
The budget airline said in a statement: "The experience in China suggests a 3-month period for the spread of the virus to be contained and reduced.
"We do not expect to operate flights during the months of April and May at this time, but this will clearly depend on government advice."
âWe are continuing to work with EU governments on rescue flights to return stranded passengers to their home country. In all cases, these flights take place under maximum safety, with daily disinfecting of aircraft, and no trolley service to minimise social contact.â the statement said.
All passengers whose flights have been canceled due to restrictions will receive an email within the next two weeks describing their options. The airline asked customers to be patient and refrain from calling as it has reduced office staff by 50% to comply with social distance rules.
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Wizz Air Stops all Flights to and from Varna
From tomorrow, March 25, 2020, Wizz Air will stop all its flights to and from Varna until May 1, 2020.
This measure is taken to limit the spread of the pandemic. Passengers with reservations affected by the flight stop will be automatically notified by email if they have made their reservations directly on or through the airline's mobile application.
120% of the fee initially paid will be automatically credited to the customer's account, and the amount can be used over the next 24 months for the purchase of products and services. Passengers may also opt for a full cash refund - which will take longer, and they will be informed of the steps required to receive a bank transfer in a separate email. In this case, customers will only be entitled to 100% of the tariff initially paid.
Passengers who have booked through travel agencies, including online travel agencies, should contact the company from which they purchased their tickets.
Wizz Air sincerely apologizes for the changes as a result of the restrictions imposed on travel between Bulgaria and Spain, and assures that the safety and well-being of passengers and crew remain the number one priority for the airline.
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