Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich
The government has not yet made a final decision on the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. The Russian side expects from Ankara only provide security guarantees. According to the Vice Prime Minister, this will be sufficient for the resumption of the Charter.
“Most likely, wait for the receipt from the Turkish colleagues at least official confirmation of security guarantees. It is clear that in this world nothing is guaranteed, but at least they have a warranty to give, and it will be enough to resume flights,” — said the Deputy Prime Minister to journalists (quoted by TASS). Check the “technical work” will be carried out in parallel, said Dvorkovich. “That is not first of all a check and then open, and somehow try to parallel processes to initially guarantee security,” he said (quoted by “Prime”).
Dvorkovich said that the Ministry will present its proposals for the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey through two or three days. “Maybe tomorrow will be from them offers some hope for it, because after all, the holiday season is there to pull a long time, don’t want,” he said.
The imminent lifting of the ban on Charter flights to Turkey on June 29 after a conversation with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin. The President said that Erdogan had assured him “that they will do all they can to ensure the safety of our citizens.” Putin instructed the government to start negotiations on the resumption of cooperation with Turkey, including in the tourism sector.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev later said that after the terrorist attack at the airport in Istanbul, which took place on 28 June, the Turkish authorities should provide additional guarantees of security of Russian citizens. On 8 July the Prime Minister instructed the agencies within a week to submit to the government proposals for the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey.
Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia (ATOR) Maya Lomidze claimed earlier that the resumption of Charter flights to Turkey will probably happen by the end of July — beginning of August.
On the eve of “Kommersant”, citing sources familiar with the situation, reported that Russian authorities are not ready to resume Charter flights to Turkey because of concerns about security. In addition, according to one of interlocutors of the newspaper in the tourism industry, the delay of the renewal Charter between the two countries is also connected with possible negative consequences for domestic tourism.” Ankara may start a significant decline in prices on the cost of hotel accommodation and air travel, which will affect the Russian resorts, said a source.