On April 27, it became known that Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rospotrebnadzor and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assess the possibility of resuming flights with 20 countries, increasing the frequency of flights to 19 countries and opening 8 more Russian cities for international flights.
In addition to listing priority countries for the resumption of air traffic, as well as Russian airports that may be open for flights abroad, the document also indicates the need to understand the situation with the sale of air tickets for direct flights to countries, air traffic with which has not yet been officially restored.
“The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation (V.G. Savelyev), the Federal Air Transport Agency (A.V. Neradko), together with PJSC“ Aeroflot ”, will investigate the situation related to the mass sale of air tickets to foreign countries, on which the Government of the Russian Federation has not made a decision on the resumption of flights. Report the results to the Government of the Russian Federation, indicating information on the measures taken. The deadline is April 28, 2021, ”the document says.
This point has caused serious concern among the participants in the tourism market, since the Government may thus sharply reduce passenger and cargo flights to tourist destinations, air traffic with which has not been officially restored.
However, it is not worth talking about such steps for now, a source from Profi, Travel, familiar with the situation, said. First of all, the published document may well turn out to be a draft version, since it does not bear the signature of Tatyana Golikova. There is also no requirement for a ban in it, the Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency must only report on the measures taken, despite the fact that some decisions have already been made.
“Aeroflot has already cut flights to Cyprus, the rest should bring flight programs to Larnaca, Tivat and other destinations in line with quotas,” said Profi.Travel’s interlocutor. At the same time, he noted that carriers will try to avoid canceling flights at the last moment, as happened with the recent flight to Montenegro from Domodedovo.
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