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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The tourists were stuck in Moscow airports waiting for flights to Turkey

Monday, July 18, the prohibition of the Federal air transport Agency does not allow airlines to send their citizens to Turkey, remained in force. While the carriers are engaged only in export of the Russian citizens: the Board of high capacity, designed for 364 passengers, was sent to Antalya. Exactly the same return flight arrived in Moscow from Istanbul.

photo: Natalia Muslinkina

Thus, according to the Russian Union of travel industry, in airports of the Moscow air hub send for holidays in Turkey are waiting for over 600 people. They’re all clients of tour operators. No guarantee that their flights will soon take place. According to experts, chances of a quick recovery direction after such a blow a little, almost none.

Today to fly from Russia to Turkey can only be foreign nationals. The number of Russians allowed transient, citizens with a residence permit, visas and Turkish passports. Earlier it was reported that the restrictions will last until the clarification of the political situation in Turkey. The exact date of today is not called. Nevertheless, we know that the American aviation regulator (FAA) issued a notice prohibiting aircraft registered in the territory of the United States, to fly to Turkey.

At the same time, the foreign Ministries of Turkey’s traditional markets of Britain and Germany issued warnings about the undesirability of visits to this country: they were limited to recommendations for its citizens to abide by safety measures and to avoid places of the big congestion of people. Earlier, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also said that Russia is satisfied with the position of the Turkish leadership to ensure the safety of Russian tourists and their return to their homeland.

Recall that Turkey has held open for tourists from Russia a little over two weeks from 1st to 16th of July. During this period our compatriots did not really have time to get used to the fact that the holiday on the Antalya coast has become available again. However, some agencies still have started selling tickets with departure from the cities of the European part of Russia, Ural and Siberia. So now naturally the question arose: who will compensate customers the cost paid tours and tickets? Regarding material compensation for cancelled trips, the CPS even launched a “hot line”. It was said that they have already started to provide assistance for the return of the passengers of canceled flights the cost of tickets at point of purchase. However, Turkey refused all the money and can not return. Despite a coup attempt, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not give recommendations to Russian citizens to refrain from visiting this country. That is officially Turkey is still open for tourists.

On the websites of the travel agencies in General, it looks like nothing is happening. Tours with departure to Antalya are available daily until the end of October. This position of business is not intended to confuse the customer, and in the state of prostration in which the tour operators are due to the lack of a clear position of the authorities of the “Turkish question”. As told “MK” the General Director of one of travel agencies Anna Podgornaya, cancellation of flights to Turkey at a later date not yet confirmed and not refuted. Everyone is waiting for a special order of the Ministry of transport and Rosaviation. However, some companies have begun to offer alternative directions. For example, instead of Turkey, customers can fly to Tunisia.

Thus a press-the Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina has made it clear that even after the events, some Russians continue to aspire to the Turkish shore. Tour operators take on such citizens prior application, but do not take money — waiting for resolution of the situation.

Long term forecast for Turkey from the experts pessimistic. The incident, even if the links with Turkey will be restored in the shortest possible time, will seriously complicate the situation in this area. The credibility of Turkey, which is just beginning to recover, again undermined in a way that may interfere with the removal of restrictions on Charter flights.

Relations between Russia and Turkey. Chronicle of events

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