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Flights sent to take back home Russians from foreign resorts might cost over $5 million

August 06, 2014, 12:40 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Six Russian travel companies all in all, including the Neva travel company, which had earlier been well known on the international tourist market, have gone bankrupt since mid-July
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MOSCOW, August 06. /ITAR-TASS/. Around 11,000 Russian tourists, who had been on vacation organized by a Russian bankrupt tour operator-the Labirint, were not taken on board the charter flights last night, according to the head of the Russian tour agency-Turpomoshch, which helps many Russian tourists find a way back to Russia.

"On Tuesday several charter flights were organized to airlift the Russian tourists from Egypt, Greece and Spain. Several more charter flights will be performed later in the day, which would narrow the number of the tourists stranded at the resorts abroad to 10,000-11,000," the executive said, adding that all the Russians had been evacuated from Tunisia. He said he expects that the evacuation of all the tourists will be complete within a week.

On Tuesday, another Russian travel operator-The IntAir, ceased its operations, leaving around 500 tourists abroad.

Six Russian travel companies all in all, including the Neva travel company, which had earlier been well known on the international tourist market, have gone bankrupt since mid-July. According to the Travel Aid's estimates, the return of all the tourists of the bankrupt companies from the foreign resorts might cost $ 5.6 million.

On Tuesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev demanded to ensure the return of all the tourists within the shortest time possible. The prime minister instructed the Russian Interior Ministry to check the activity of all the travel companies, which failed to provide services to their customers abroad, adding that some of these companies had turned into "financial pyramids".

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