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Monday, March 19, 2018

Appeared on the market trips to Turkey to bypass the prohibitions of the Federal air transport Agency

Firms have taken was a pause in sending tourists to Turkey, began to offer the Russians workarounds to Turkish resorts through Belarus. Tickets are sold on the basis of the Charter flights of the Belarusian carrier on the route Moscow-Minsk-Antalya-Minsk-Moscow.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

According to the reservation system, the cost of the holiday will cost in the region of 60-70 thousand rubles for two. This price tag is little different from packaged tours, which have recently been offered to tour operators sending of the Russian cities. However, tourists should prepare for the fact that the flight from Moscow can be the day before the start of the main round, will be charged an additional airport tax.

By the way, the Belarusian route already tested. Last fall, when Russian companies were forbidden to sell tours to Egypt, wishing to establish the flow of tourists through the Minsk immediately showed up among the Belarusian travel agencies. For booking the tour to Russia was sufficient to provide passport data. Payment of purchased vouchers took place over the Internet. The demand for such visits has not been great on the flights to Hurghada on average flew only two or three Russians. With Turkish Antalya, the situation was somewhat different. Despite the current prohibition on selling tour packages to Turkey, this country was monthly visited by more than 25 thousand Russian citizens, mostly on scheduled flights of Russian and Turkish carriers.

Now the situation is reversed: after a coup attempt in Turkey, the Federal air transport Agency imposed the ban, which does not allow airlines to send Russian citizens to the country, but the ban on the sale of tours to Turkey from Russian tour operators no. As there is no ban, and even the recommendations of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Russians not to visit the country for tourism purposes. This means that the actions of travel companies which include in its range of “Belarusian-Turkish product” absolutely legitimate, problems with landing of Russian citizens on the flight from Minsk to Antalya can not be.

However, the press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel industry Irina Tyurina has expressed doubts that the route to Turkey via Belarus is able to cause excessive demand among compatriots. “Even regular direct flights from Russia were not highly demanded by the clients of travel agencies, as all are still waiting for a cheap Charter. And for tourists from the regions holiday with a stopover in Minsk is unlikely to fit, because to fly to the resort will have two changes. Besides, many citizens are seriously afraid to go to Turkey, where we have introduced a state of emergency, at least in the near future”, – said the interlocutor of “MK”.

Not seem confident in the success of “crooked” tours in Turkey and tour operators. Anyway, Larissa Akhanov, PR-Director of the travel Agency, on whose website there is a similar proposal, announced that the company from Thursday, July 21, stopped selling them.

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