ATOR: the tour operators are asking for government loan guarantees for compensation

ATOR: the tour operators are asking for government loan guarantees for compensation

Because due to the suspension of air services with Egypt tour operators at turoperatorov had a lot of problems, they are asked to give state guarantees under credits to the money they could to pay compensation to the tour, said the Vice=-President of ATOR.

MOSCOW, 9 Nov. The Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) requests the government to consider the possibility of providing state guarantees for loans to the operators so that they could pay compensation to the tour, said the Vice President ATOR Dmitry Gorin.

The flights of Russian aircraft in Egypt were suspended on 6 November to find out the causes of the crash of the Russian airliner A321 over the Sinai on October 31. Thus, at the moment tourists are deprived of the opportunity to get into this country from Russia by air. Moreover, the evacuation of the tourists already in Egypt, home early. All it is fraught with losses for travel companies.

“Given the fact that the tour operators now difficult to solve many financial problems, we request to give state guarantees to tour operators for loans. No loans, namely state guarantees. Because right now the tour operators just will not go. The money they could, if necessary, to pay compensation to tourists,” — said the Agency interlocutor.

“In addition, the tour operators need help even in negotiations with Egypt on the subject to freeze the money paid for hotels and transfer these amounts to the time restrictions on flights will be lifted. It really would have helped the tour operators, as the money already paid to the host companies in Egypt,” he added.

“We believe that Egypt unilaterally, if there are interested in the return of our travelers, at least temporarily abolished airport fees in the harbors of Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheikh to the Russian tour operators and airlines. Thus, we expect the resumption of flying and want to save the deposits that were already paid for future programs,” — said the expert.

In addition, Gorin noted that, in the opinion of ATOR, the blame for the situation lies with the aviation authorities of Egypt, who were unable to provide adequate security at airports. “Since the airlines also incur colossal losses, the necessary concessions on the part of the Egyptians, to somehow stabilize the situation. Here really would have helped cancel tax airport charges”, he said.