Moscow. November 8. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev instructed the government to prepare a programme of support to operators affected by the suspension of air links with Egypt, told reporters on Sunday Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.
“The Prime Minister instructed to discuss the issue and to consider. We now estimate those losses, the problems that arose from the tour operators and the industry as a whole”, – said Dvorkovich.
According to him, much will depend on how will be resolved the issues with tourists who want to use alternative routes and to postpone the trip, and who will require money.
“Based on these estimates, we formulate the support program, what it will be premature at the moment,” said Dvorkovich.
He promised to soon hold a meeting with representatives of turisticheskoe industry to discuss the current situation.
“We will meet with operators in the coming days. Today or tomorrow this work will be to carry out the Federal tourism Agency. On Tuesday I will meet with representatives of tourist companies, and we will discuss possible ways of support of tourist industry in Russia”, – said Dvorkovich.
As reported, on Friday, the Director of FSB Alexander Bortnikov at the meeting of the National antiterrorist Committee presented the state’s recommendation to suspend flights to Egypt to ascertain the causes of the collapse of the Russian A321 at Sinai. The head of state agreed with these recommendations. Later on Friday, the transport Ministry sent to the Federal air transport Agency statement on the suspension of flights to Egypt.
Now planes fly to Egypt and take back empty of tourists. All of them returned to Russia without Luggage for security reasons. The baggage is delivered separately cargo flights.
Aircraft A321 of airline “Kogalymavia”, flying from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, crashed on 31 October in the Sinai Peninsula. Onboard there were 217 passengers and seven crew members were killed. The passengers were customers of a tour operator Brisco.