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MOSCOW, July 30 (Itar-Tass) — Russian tourists from Siberia can hardly leave for the holiday destinations: the work of one of the largest airports has been paralysed because of the think smoke caused by forest fires, the Association of Tour Operators’ press service reported on Monday.
According to the press service, Tomsk’s airport of Bogashevo suspends its work: the smoke caused by the forest fire prevents planes from making a landing and taking off.
“The area of forests, which were embraced by the fire near Tomsk, exceeded 7,800 hectares. The fire is closing the city: it is 60 kilometres from the city. The think smoke has hampered the normal activity of the airport since the beginning of the week,” ATOR said. “On July 25, several planes, including an Aeroflot aircraft from Moscow, can make a landing in the airport of Bogashevo. Local flights were cancelled. Passengers who should have arrived in Tomsk by air were transported by buses,” ATOR said.
On July 27, at least nine flights were cancelled. Many airlines changed the airport: planes were directed at Kemerovo and Novosibirsk. Then passengers will go to Tomsk by bus.
According to meteorologists, the weather will remain abnormally hot. There will be no rains and the temperature will be plus 35 degrees Celsius. The weather in European Russia will be also hot, but no forest fires are being predicted yet.