The air catastrophe of the Kolavia airline flight from resort area Sharm El-Sheikh to Russia’s St. Petersburg has caused tour operators to divert holiday makers to other destinations now. Some 140 thousand tours already sold through March of 2016 will now be diverted to Cyprus and other tourism spots.
The Press Secretary of the Russian Union of travel, Irina Tyurina told Interfax:
"We interviewed the main players in this segment to find out the number of tours already sold, and then defined a common figure given the market share of each operator in Egypt. The total figure of around 140 thousand packages sold reaches into March 2016."
The news tells of tourists on the way to Egypt agreeing to stay in either Antalya or Cyprus, while later departures will be offered later visits to Egypt, or alternative destinations like Cyprus, Turkey, or Crete. Meanwhile Sergey Aksenov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea, has been given the authorization to transform the Crimea peninsula into an alternative holiday spot to Egypt and Turkey. Other destinations being looked at, according to Executive Director of the Association of tour operators of Russia Maya Lomidze, are Thailand, the UAE, India, and Sri Lanka.
The A321 of airliner of "Kogalymavia" carrying out a flight from Sharm El Sheikh to St Petersburg,crashed on the morning of October 31 in the Northern Sinai near El Arish. All 224 people who were onboard, were lost. On the eve of the Russian authorities decided to suspend flights to Egypt to ascertain the causes of the collapse of the A321 and export from this country of all there are Russian tourists. Flights were stopped from 20.00 on Friday. Planes fly empty to Egypt and moving back tourists.