ATOR: aviacircle Ukraine and Russia will affect independent travelers

MOSCOW, September 29. /Corr. Anna Makarova/. Entered Kiev and Moscow restrictions on flights of several airlines of the two countries to Russia and Ukraine will affect independent travellers, but will not affect tourist industry, according to the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR).

“First of all, sanctions hurt the people of Russia and Ukraine, which linked by kinship or friendship, as well as those whose business is connected with frequent flights between the two countries”, – said representatives ATOR, adding that such passengers account for up to 70% of the flow at the Russian-Ukrainian direction.

The market players noted that organized tourism between the two countries is practically nonexistent, so that the interests of tour operators the ban will not affect.

“The introduction of reciprocal sanctions was not the best way affect on the passengers flights between the two countries will become quite scarce. To get interested, sure, but the options will not so much as now. If nothing changes, and the list is not extended, direct flights will only be able to offer UTair. You can use the services of foreign carriers and to buy tickets on indirect flights, but these flights are more expensive, and longer time”, – explained the General Director of the company Dmitry Khrapov.

According to him, the panic and hype surrounding the refund arose.

Sanctions Kiev and Moscow’s response

Earlier, Ukraine has notified the Russian airlines banning flights to the country from October 25, in accordance with the decision of the Council of national security and defense of the country and the decree of the head of the Ukrainian state.

In the sanctions lists of Kiev were about 20 Russian companies, including “Aeroflot”, “Russia”, “Donavia”, “Orenburg airlines”, “Transaero” (which had come under the operational management of “Aeroflot”), S7, “globe”, “Ural airlines”, “Vim-Avia”, “Kogalymavia”, “Gazpromavia” and the Red Wings.

In response, the Ministry of transport of the Russian aviation authorities gave the instruction to send to the airlines of Ukraine – “Ukraine International airlines”, “Dniproavia” and “Motor Sich” – notice of termination of use of air space of Russia from October 25.

At the moment, according to Khrapova, 72% of tickets from Russia to Ukraine with departure or after October 1, 2015 were issued for the flights of the Russian airlines: “Aeroflot”, “Siberia” (S7 airlines), UTair and Transaero. Moreover, the company UTair, which were not included in the sanctions list, accounts for about 20% purchased through tickets for Ukraine. The remaining 28% were divided between the Ukrainian companies: 16% “Ukraine International airlines”, 7% – “Dniproavia” and 5% “Motor Sich”.