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Friday, February 16, 2018

Rosaviatsia on Charter to Turkey: the ban the government had not removed

Russian tourists in the coming days in Turkey will not fly. The first Charter, which was sent on 7 July from St Petersburg to Antalya cancelled. The reason for slowness of officials: the government has still not issued a decision with the exact date of lifting the ban on Charter flights and because the Federal air transport Agency does not allow the flights. Perhaps the delay is happening on purpose to finally stronger to punish the Turks for the downed bomber. But the people who paid for tickets to tens of thousands of rubles, that does not help. Holiday spoiled.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

On 1 July, i.e. the day after the decree of the President about the lifting of the Russian sanctions with Turkey, a number of large domestic tour operators stated that it has resumed selling tours on the basis of scheduled flights. 7 and 8 July, they promised to start the movement of tourists more cheap charters from St. Petersburg and Moscow. Such flights, for example, Pulkovo airport, formally included in your schedule. In the message of the Directorate General of civil aviation of Turkey claimed that the Turkish side is in total approved of the application for the 17 charters.

But it was an embarrassment. The company’s money for recreation picked, and people will not have departed. The minimum cost of a week tour for two in Antalya in a three star hotel with a departure from Moscow on 8 July was 75-77тыс. rubles. Fall lower price border price needs to drop to 60 thousand From visa-free countries is in any case an advantageous offer.

“Today tourism has no information about when can be opened to Charter a message from Turkey,” — said the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Irina Tyurina.

The fact that paragraph 2 of the decree of Vladimir Putin, the government was instructed to take measures providing for the abolition of the ban on Charter air transportation. During the week the officials are unable to prepare this paper. Without it, the Federal air transport Agency does not allow the flights. The Ministry of transport also can’t give an exact date for the resumption of Charter flights.

Advisor to the head of Rosaviation Sergey Izvolsky accused in this situation tour operators, which is clearly premature. According to him, it is impossible to undo what was not allowed. With the same success it was possible to organize such flights to the Republic a month ago.

The ban on Charter flights between Russia and Turkey, effective from 1 December 2015. After the Turkish President Erdogan apologized for the downed Russian bomber su-24, Russian President Vladimir Putin took a decision on the lifting of sanctions.

Relations between Russia and Turkey. Chronicle of events

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