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Monday, October 24, 2016

The situation with the opening of resorts in Egypt and Charter flights to Turkey, cleared

When the Russians will open the resorts of Egypt? Some clarity to this issue started yesterday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart, our Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov. We analyzed this information and found out what was happening with the coordination of Charter flights to Turkey.

photo: Gennady Cherkasov

The rapid return of Russians to the Turkish resorts the next day after the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul has caused undisguised resentment in Egypt, which is now agreed on all terms of the refund tourists. And it’s not just flight safety. The Egyptians are ready to buy Russian “Superjets”, to give Rosatom a contract to build nuclear power stations. However, the statement of the head of Ministry of transport Maxim Sokolov about the fact that flights between Russia and Egypt, may be resumed by the end of 2016, and have not made our citizens closer to the Red sea, the specific timing of “opening” the country of pyramids is not named.

During the next round of talks between the Russian Minister of transport and his Egyptian counterpart on Friday, July 29, the parties again discussed the plan of action for ensuring of safety measures in the field of civil aviation. On the eve of the Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov said that there are 17 comments to the Egyptian airports. They are associated with the use of an automated system of biometric access control in “clean” area of airports, multi-level baggage inspection and check-flight catering and surveillance in the perimeter of airports. In addition, Russia insists on opening its own terminal in the Egyptian air harbours.

In theory, if Egypt will be able to eliminate all the shortcomings, the winter holidays our people will be able to hold on to a cheap local resorts. However, confidence in this, it seems, not even the Ministry of transport. That said Maxim Sokolov: “I hope that by the end of this year we will be able, after analyzing it, seeing the place that all the work done already to approach this issue.” That is, again, a solid uncertainty.

Vice-President of the Russian Union of travel industry Yuri Barzykin considers that from the point of view of consumers it would be better to start flights between Russia and Egypt later in October. Open on New year Egypt tourists of little interest, as most will have time to decide on plans for winter holidays. This is what happened with Turkey, which was returned to the Russians when half the summer season has already passed,” – said the interlocutor of “MK”. He also stressed that the Agency is ready to resume working on the Egyptian direction at any time. Many companies have remained frozen deposits worth more than 1.5 billion rubles. This means that hotels already paid for.

In General, the future of the Egyptian tourism does not look too rosy. After the crash of the Russian plane over the Sinai and catastrophe with the Egyptian Board in may of this year, which, according to General opinion, were the terrorists, most of the tourists have revised their vacation plans in favor of alternative directions. According to the world tourism organization (UNWTO), in 2010, inbound tourist arrivals to Egypt reached its peak of 14 million people, after which for several years has fallen to 9 million this year, according to forecasts, inbound tourism could lose another 20%.

Turkey is seriously damaged its image. In the past year there have been 40 million guests, who, after several explosions and a failed coup, a hundred times think before to buy a ticket.

In fairness it should be noted that Russia has a claim to security and to the airports of Turkey. However, only when it comes to Charter flights. The Turks need to bring all the air hub in line with international standards. Verification of work performed will be conducted by specialists from Russia. The focus is on the strengthening of security measures during the passage of passengers into the airport and inspection. While Russia insists that the financing of all works, the Turkish side must take. Thus, while the hopes of the Turkish authorities for a speedy resumption of Charter flights is also not justified.

Relations between Russia and Turkey. Chronicle of events

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