The Association of Tour Operators sent an appeal to the Operations Headquarters with a request to open a full-fledged flight connection with other countries.
In addition to meeting the needs of Russian tourists, such a decision will help to additionally vaccinate 10 million people, tour operators believe. Thus, everyone will be the winner – Russians who want to rest, tour operators, and the state.
The letter addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova emphasizes that Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus and other countries where the epidemiological situation is safe and meets the established criteria of Rospotrebnadzor, are ready to receive tourists from Russia. At the same time, under special conditions, they were vaccinated with the Russian drug against the coronavirus Sputnik V, which has not yet been approved for use in the EU.
The opening of air traffic will significantly raise the level of vaccination in Russia, increase its rate, which is in line with the government’s plans – to achieve herd immunity as early as possible. According to ATOR experts, the desire to go on vacation abroad will help increase the number of vaccinated people by 8-10 million.
A positive solution to the current issue, the resumption of air traffic, will also help travel companies to improve their financial situation, and in general, society – to relieve social tension.