MOSCOW, February 16 (Itar-Tass) — Russian tourists have no complaints about the flight delays to Europe due to snowfalls, the Association of Tour Operators said on Thursday.
Tour operators explained, “Regular flights from Europe are slightly delayed that is why there are no complaints from tourists.” “Moreover, snowfalls in the Alps created excellent conditions for alpine skiers. Despite cold weather, elevating devices continue to function in Austria, France and Switzerland,” the Association said.
According to leader of Astravel Europe Destination Alla Kukharenko, “there is no panic among tourists. They understand that the weather conditions are caused by force majeure. Partners do not report any problems in any region.” “We’ve gotten only reports from Bulgaria that the roof of the swimming pool collapsed due snow loading. The swimming pool is closed,” she said.
According to the Association, demand on European tours is rather small for the end of January or for February that is why “we cannot say the weather and the snowfall hampered plans of many tourists”.
Kukharenko noted, “Those who bought tours in advance did not give them up. Tourists have to wear warm dresses, but this does not prevent them from resting.”
Due to heavy snowfalls in Europe, certain airports in Germany, Italy and France had to delay several flights. Others are made as usual. Heavy snowfalls made Bavaria’s authorities to cancel about 90 flights.
The situation is rather difficult in Italy. Rimini’s airport fails to allow landings on time. Many airlines, including Russian ones, have to land in the airports of Verona and Bologna.