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Friday, July 21, 2017

The next closing of Turkey has led to higher prices for package tours

Tourists that day wondering: will fly to Turkey charters or coup attempt in the country has finally removed this question from the agenda of the Russian aviation authorities? Even the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR), as in the famous film, staged a “Daisy”. First, the media quoted the Association said that Charter flights to Turkey this year will not and it is unlikely that this air service will resume in 2017. Later, ATOR Executive Director Maya Lomidze said that the information is untrue — work on restoration of air links with cities and resorts of Turkey continues.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

“We hope that will soon be articulated in terms of a full-fledged resumption of regular flights and the abolition of the ban on the organization of Charter flights,” — said Lomidze. The restoration of the Charter, according to her forecasts, can be expected by mid-August. Unless, of course, Turkey won’t be another cataclysm. Recall that on Saturday, July 16, the ban of Federal air transport Agency does not allow airlines to send Russian citizens to the Turkish coast. To fly to Turkey to foreign citizens. 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 the country.

Experts agree that even against the background of recent events in Turkey to talk about the impossibility of resuming Charter flights to over a long period of at least weird. Arrived in Moscow a delegation of representatives of the foreign Ministry, interior Ministry, transport Ministry and other agencies of Turkey continues negotiations with the Russian authorities and tour operators. The Russian transport Ministry has also prepared its proposals for the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey and submitted them to the government. Even the Russian foreign Ministry issued a statement that Ankara has assured Moscow the safety of the country for Russians. Can not the activities of the many stakeholders to be an empty shaking of the air?

According to ATOR, among Russians, the number of those wishing to relax in the resorts of Turkey after the coup attempt declined, but not completely exhausted — the demand was, on average, 5-20%. Many tourists continue to leave requests for tours, counting on the imminent appearance of the exact dates of departure. If the sky of Turkey will open in August, according to the Association, in the Turkish resorts for the remainder of the summer season months plenty of time to rest about 100 thousand Russians. Prior to the mutiny the number of tourists is expected to reach 300 thousand tourists. The Turks, by the way, this question is still not optimistic. According to the Chairman of the Turkish hoteliers Federation Osman IICA, provided the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey will be able to take this year to 700 thousand tourists from Russia. While a full recovery of the Russian tourist flow (and in the best years, Turkey was visited by about 4.5 million Russians will take at least two years. This period may be shorter, if again not going to happen any obstacles, stressed IYC.

In turn, the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina told “MK” that tourists today who want to urgently replace the Turkish direction to another resort not always enough seats on flights airlines. Leaders in the search engine of selection rounds were Greece and Cyprus. However, in the high season, travel agencies can not provide Turkish clients in these and other countries the product that they expected to obtain in Turkey. Most expensive five-star hotels.

It is noteworthy that two weeks ago, the start of sales of tours to Turkey brought down the price of tickets at other resorts of the Mediterranean sea. According to the Director of one of travel agencies Tatyana Vand, the moment fell markedly traditionally more expensive compared to Turkey, Spain, Italy, Cyprus — on the average on 10-15%. Once the issue with Turkey, “Podvis”, the price returned to their previous values.

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