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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tour operators are increasingly delaying the start of chartered flights to Turkey

The story of the flight of the first Charter in Turkey is becoming more like the tote: it is already possible to bet which of the mentioned dates are correct. Version of the Turkish aviation authorities, who predicted the start of the Charter programs on 7-8 July, failed. Operate flights from St. Petersburg and Moscow are cancelled. Now the Association of tour operators of Russia called new time “H” to address the “Charter issue” — the beginning of August. In the meantime, for those travelers who will be flying the regular season, the holidays in Turkey will cost about 20% more.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

For the first seven months of the Anatolian resorts waited for organized tourists from Russia. Last Saturday 189 passengers, arrived in Antalya airport on a regular flight state airline “Russia” FV 5859, was greeted as the honorary guest. After passport control, they were treated with alcohol, the staff gave red gerberas, wrapped in transparent film. In the hall of the air port and on the landside, where travelers check for expected tour operators, live music. Local journalists interviewed in full of newcomers, many of whom admitted that were looking forward to the day when, finally, you can turn up on cute Russian heart “all inclusive”resorts. Noting the arrival, stunned, but happy the Russians were taken to hotels.

However, the agenda remains the question, when will resume Charter service between the two countries. Since this directly affects the price of permits. Curiously, against this backdrop, airlines have inflated the cost of the Turkish of the regular season. The growth of tariffs for flights from Moscow to Antalya was 75%. The highest prices have Russian and Turkish national carriers — 21 thousand and 48 thousand rubles per one-way ticket for flight in early August. Previously, experts predicted that with the formulation of the charters, the prices for tickets will drop 20-30%.

Meanwhile, the government has still not adopted a resolution on lifting the ban on Charter flights. On 7 July, a week after the presidential decree on the restoration of relations with Turkey, Prime Minister Medvedev has instructed the Ministry of transport, Rosaviation, the Federal Agency for Tourism to prepare a paper during the week, taking “extra measures to ensure transport security and to the exclusion of flights through areas with a high terrorist threat.” Apparently, we are talking about the Donbass and the territory adjacent to Syria.

According to the Vice-President of the Russian Union of travel industry Yuri Barzykin, there is no guarantee that the rest of the week the decision will be released. “The government may develop and submit to the Turkish authorities a number of requirements for security at airports, and then the process will still be tightened”, — said the source. Moreover, it cannot be discounted that in the foreground the Russian authorities now may be the interests of the state airline. To capitalize on Turkey’s first got it that the proceeds went to the Federal Treasury.

The next step will be the temporal resolution of the Federal air transport Agency on flights to Turkey. From the date of issuance of the decision to the Federal air transport Agency tolerances may take up to two weeks. Then the Federal tourism Agency will conclude that the country is safe to visit. If no new terrorist attacks in Turkey will not, it will take another one to two weeks.

Thus, before the beginning of August charters in Turkey do not have to wait, confirmed by the Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia Maya Lomidze.

However, this period cannot be called final. If desired, it is possible to push indefinitely. So, the Egyptian government no less than the Turks are waiting for the resumption of flights between the two countries, which was suspended after the crash of 31 October 2015 in the skies over the Sinai Peninsula of the Russian passenger plane. Then, because of the explosion on Board killed 224 people, flying from Sharm El Sheikh to Saint Petersburg.

In Egypt, at the request of our intelligence agencies and aviation authorities in the framework of strengthening of fight against terrorism for the protection of the airports formed a private company numbering several thousand employees. The Egyptians agreed with the UK’s largest operator on the implementation of special programs, allowing to monitor the work of the air Harbor. But the possibility is still there. Planes do not fly.

Why Russia, especially after the recent terrorist attacks at the international airport of Istanbul, not to make the Turks a new, more rigid requirements for aviation security?

Watch the video on “”don’t go, Turkey we have offended,” the Russians spoke about the opening of resorts”

Soon Russian residents will again be able to visit Turkish resorts. Now the Russians think about the once very popular direction a foreign holiday? Details on the video.

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