Dvorkovich: the Cabinet will support the tour operators due to the cancellation of flights to Egypt

MOSCOW, November 10. The Russian government is prepared to support operators in connection with the cancellation of air links with Egypt. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, said in the press-service of the Cabinet of Ministers last November 10 the meeting of the staff of the government. “We want to support the industry in the next few days will decide,” – presented in a press release, the words of Dvorkovich.

What about the amount of support there is a speech, is not yet known. “The meeting participants discussed possible measures to support companies,” mentioned in the message of the government. It is noted that the specific volume calculations, as well as in what form the necessary support, will continue.

Earlier at a meeting in the Federal Agency for tourism Russian tour operators has indicated that it will determine their costs from the termination of air links with the most popular holiday destination by Thursday, November 12. Meanwhile, the official representative of the Russian Union of travel industry (PCT) Irina Turina said that at the moment the loss of the Russian tour operators from the ban on flights to Egypt are estimated at 1.5 billion rubles, but this figure is not final.

This loss may substantially exceed the current level is marked as the Russian tour operators paid for the flight program to Egypt until March 2016 Now they are being asked to return the funds, or give them the opportunity to use them for payment of flights to other destinations.

Loss assessment

Preliminary assessment of tour operators ‘ community made by Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR), if the ban on flights to Egypt will last more than 2-3 months, damage to the tourism business may be about $200 million.

In this respect, the tour operators are asking the government for assistance in addressing issues with carriers. One of the major issues is the ability to transfer already paid for flights for a later date without penalties from the airlines. In ATOR believe that it is advisable to release the Russian carriers carrying out the planned evacuation of Russian citizens from airport and other charges.

At the meeting chaired by Dvorkovich also noted the need to provide more intensive information support for both companies tour operators and travel agencies, and these companies customers. The chief of staff noted that, until such time as Russian citizens are in Egypt, they should be able to contact to obtain the necessary information from tour companies at any time, including on weekends.

On the background of the forced reduction of outbound tourism by the participants of the meeting touched upon the issues of development of domestic tourism in the Russian Federation and preparation of relevant amendments to legislation.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 November agreed with the recommendations of the National anti-terrorism Committee to suspend air traffic with Egypt. Putin also instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens in return from Egypt. At that time in an Arab country there were almost 80 thousand Russians. More than half have already returned to Russia.