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Aeroflot aircraft burned at Sheremetyevo
Aeroflot aircraft (a Sukhoi Superjet-100 bound for Murmansk) returned to Sheremetyevo airport due to the fire on its board. Bad weather made the plane landing difficult, so it had landed only on the second try.
After making an emergency landing at the airport, the plane’s engines caught fire on the runway. Survivors suggest the plane was struck by lightning, but Russia’s national carrier said only that it returned to the airport for technical reasons.
All 73 passengers were evacuated. 33 passengers (plus four crew members) were saved – 22 men and 11 women. The experts disassembling the wreckage of the burned aircraft removed 41 bodies, 40 passengers and the steward Maxim Moiseev died. Two children were among the dead.
Sheremetyevo changed the schedule according to the disaster and canceled some flights to Ulyanovsk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod.
Pegas Touristic canceled tours to Egypt from Perm through Turkey
Pegas Touristic notified Perm travel agencies about the cancellation of tours to Egypt from Perm through Turkey. The first flight Perm-Antalya-Sharm El-Sheikh was scheduled to depart on May 8. The last flight was scheduled for October 15.
According to the local travel agencies, the cancellation of the program may be due to its low demand. At the same time the tour operator keeps a similar program from Yekaterinburg.
Foreign tourists choose Russian rivers cruises more often
Foreign tourists began to book Central Russia rivers cruises more often. According to the press service of Moscow Chanel, the tourists almost bought all the tours this season, the flow of foreign cruise tourists increased by 6% last year.
Domestic cruise operators working with foreign tourists have formed their business plan for 2019. All foreign contracts are 100% concluded. Now the foreigners make up a third part of the total number of Russia cruises passengers.
The Federal Agency for Tourism excluded 180 tour operators from the register list in April
112 tour operators, including Gallery VIP TOUR, INTERO Travel company, LLC Friendship, LLC Altai Expedition, LLC Auto-Line travel and others were excluded from the register list because they did not provide The Federal Agency for Tourism with information about their financial availability.
Also, 9 tour operators (LLC Muzenidis Ural, LLC Muzenidis North-West, LLC Muzenidis Center, LLC Muzenidis South etc.) were excluded from the Federal register list because of submission of the application for termination of tour operator activity.
LLC Coral Travel Regions and LLC Tourmagazine lost the opportunity to engage in international tourism.
Etihad will double the number of flights to Domodedovo
Etihad airlines (from the UAE) will launch an additional daily flight from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo airport, the flight program will be scheduled for the period from October 27 to May 10, 2020.
It will allow Russian passengers to choose evening or morning flights, as well as provide them with convenient transit through Abu Dhabi to Australia, India, Thailand, Singapore, Maldives and other countries of South and South-East Asia.
Hotel occupancy in Sri Lanka fell by 70%
The occupancy rate of Sri Lanka hotel fell by 70% after the attacks on 21 April. Russian customers canceled their bookings after their government warned them not to travel to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka government decided to create a Subcommittee of the Government to solve the problems faced by the hotel industry.
Turkish hoteliers are forced to reduce prices at the beginning of the season
Alanya hoteliers are forced to reduce the prices for accommodation at the beginning of 2019 season despite the optimistic forecasts for the tourist flow this year.
At the beginning of the year Turkish hoteliers announced an increase in prices for hotels by 15%, while the cost of accommodation for individual objects increased by 50%. This jump led to increase of early booking rate, but the demand began to slow down closer to the beginning of the season.
Now hotels are still recuperating from the failures of 2016 and 2017 years. However low prices may have a negative effect on the tourism industry in the long term.