The total losses of tour operators from stopping the flights of the airline “VIM-Avia” will make about $ 7 million. About it as transfers “Interfax”, said Tuesday the Executive Director of the Association of tour operators (ATOR) Maya Lomidze.
“The whole evacuation of tourists at the expense of tour operators. The company is “TUI Russia” yesterday reported losses in the amount of $ 2 million. According to our preliminary estimates, total loss of all tour operators who are forced to take transportation for themselves, will be approximately $ 7 million. This preliminary evaluation will be summed up at the end of October,” – said Lomidze.
According to her, the evacuation of tourists in the home will be completed in 20 days of October. “The biggest issue is those tourists who were left without guests. Accurate data on their numbers there. But after a week we will have accurate data about them. Most of those who had vouchers for “VIM-Avia” will be delivered to the travelers on other airlines at the expense of tour operators”, – she explained.
The market, stressed the head of the ATOR suffered a great loss due to the fact that the Federal authorities responsible for the transportation industry, has created such working methods. The deadline was the market: in order not to expose customers, the tour operators took the loss on himself.
That anyone will reimburse the cost of tour operators that took care of all the expenses for the return of “VIM-Avia”, the extension of their stay in the resorts, compensation and sending it to the tourists who have already paid for tours, she doesn’t believe.
“Will be taken some action on the part of tour operators, within the framework of judicial practice to return the funds, but I think it’s unlikely,” she said.
Tour operators recall plan until October 5 to complete work on flight programs with “VIM-Avia”. After this date, the flights will be serviced by other carriers: “Red wings”, “Yamal”, Ural airlines, Atlasglobal, Ellinair. Many flights are already listed carriers from 1 October.
According to 3 Oct, abroad is still 13.5 million tourists who used the flights “VIM-Avia”. In addition to the Russians, planning and carry about 1.5 million Chinese tourists, who are stuck in Belgium.
We will remind, “VIM-Avia” on September 25 announced the termination of all of their Charter flights due to financial problems and shortage of working capital. This was preceded by a series of delays of aircraft in Russian and foreign airports.
The crisis in “VIM-Avia” tens of thousands of Russian tourists stuck in foreign airports, deprived of the opportunity to return home. The solution to this problem has been specially created anti-crisis headquarters of the Federal air transport Agency.
The Prosecutor’s office began check of activity of “VIM-Avia”, and the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud in especially large size”) concerning the embezzlement of passengers.