ETW Staff – Mumbai
Goa’s first Russian charter flight ‘Anex Tour’, a new charter flight by Thomas Cook, arrived at Dabolim airport, Goa on October 13, 2013. The passengers were greeted by Victor Albuquerque, honorary consul of the Russian Federation in Goa, M Suresh, director, Dabolim Airport and Pamela Mascarenhas, deputy director – department of tourism, Government of Goa.
Albuquerque said, “We welcome the first Russian charter flight to Goa and expect 600-700 Russian flights to Goa this season. Most of the Russian tourists that arrived today were families and couples. We have seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of tourists coming to Goa.”
Suresh added, “The charter flight consists of 235 passengers from Russia. We are expecting 1,400 flights this tourist season of 2013-14. To cater to the growing numbers of arrivals, we have increased the number of custom officers so that immigration facility is made easier.”