"The Union’s special representatives polled Russian vacationers in Turkish reports today. The situation remains calm; cash machines, shops are operating in a routine regime. Vacationing proceeds as usual," she said.
However, in her words, those who have travel vouchers to Turkey for the immediate future are offered three options: either to have their money back, or to keep it on travel companies’ accounts or to choose another vacationing destination. "Most tourists are waiting in a hope that air service will be resumed in a couple of days," she said.
She said that the travel industry took today’s telephone conversation between the Russian and Turkish presidents, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, "as a foreword to resumption of air service." "travel operators hope flights will be resumed very soon," she added.
As of today, Russia has suspended flights to Turkey following an attempted coup overnight to July 16. However, according to the Russian Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya), Russian and Turkish air carriers perform flights from Turkey to Russia.
Starting from today, Russia’s biggest air carrier Aeroflot will send planes to Turkey to take Russian nationals from Istanbul.
A state coup was attempted in Turkey overnight to July 16. Biggest clashes were reported from Ankara and Istanbul. According to Turkey’s leaders, the coup has been crushed.
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