Tourists warned of a possible rise in the cost of permits by the summer of 2018 because of the collapse of “VIM-Avia”
In the case of withdrawal from the market of the airline “VIM-Avia” tour next summer may rise by 10-20%, told “Vedomosti” , two representatives of the tourist industry. According to them, the most significant growth in prices can happen in areas such as Turkey, Cyprus, Greece and the Russian Crimea and Sochi, where “VIM-Avia” also has a significant share.
The newspaper’s source explained that “VIM-Avia” sold tickets are much cheaper than competitors. Now airlines, which could transport as many tourists at such prices, on the Russian market.
“VIM-Avia” 25 Sep said to stop the implementation of all chartered flights due to financial problems. As a result, tens of thousands of Russian tourists who bought airline tickets, got stuck in foreign airports.
Problems with the transportation of tourists engaged in a specially created anti-crisis headquarters with the Federal air transport Agency. The Ministry of transport for a fortnight had restored passenger flights “VIM-Avia” under their warranty, after which the aircraft in distress the company had the opportunity to fly until mid-October. Assistance in the return of tourists “VIM-Avia” home has had other airlines.
In fact the incident the Prosecutor’s office began check of activity of the carrier, and the UK opened a criminal case under part 4 of article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud in especially large size”) concerning the embezzlement of passengers. As part of the investigation, was detained the General Director and chief accountant of “VIM-Avia” Alexander Kochnev and Ekaterina Panteleeva.
The SC said that the co-owners of “VIM-Avia” Rashid and Svetlana Mursekaev went abroad, their location becomes clear. According to the investigation, from September 22 to the airline, knowing about the problems, continued to sell tickets on flights. In the end, the leadership of the company was fraudulently obtained more than 1 million rubles.
In late September, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that it is unclear whether continue to exist “VIM-Avia”. The government decided to give the company half a billion rubles of subsidies for air transportation. However, experts believe that such an infusion the company will not save and is only delaying its inevitable end.
While Dvorkovich reported that there are investorswilling to buy the airline with debt. According to Rosaviation, the total payable “VIM-Avia” is about 10 billion rubles. He also said that the owner of the carrier is meeting the Federal air transport Agency with creditors were declared readiness to sell the company for the ruble.