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MOSCOW, September 12 (Itar-Tass) — Another scandal flared up on the travel and tourism market. Alma Tur BG, Bulgaria's largest travel agency, owes the Bulgaria Air airline five million dollars. As a result, the carrier refused to send flights to Moscow and St.Petersburg, which stranded more than 900 Russian tourists at the Burgas airport. A majority had to buy new tickets to get home with other airlines.
Russian-Bulgarian efforts helped 186 Russians leave Bulgaria on a joint flight, the "Rossiiskaya Gazeta" writes. Late at night, the government VIP-plane, sent from Sofia at the instruction of Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, took 86 children and women from Burgas and Varna to Moscow. It also brought the tourists who needed medical assistance. As of late Sunday, more than 200 Russian tourists were still waiting for flights from Bulgaria. So far, the airlines have not reached an accord. The talks are to continue on Monday.
A majority of the stranded Russians left Bulgaria unassisted, the "RBK Daily" noted. They are mostly the tourists who own real estate in Bulgaria and were vacationing there on their own. They had to purchase expensive tickets of other carriers. The passengers who had to pay their own money for the flight, have the right to claim material damage, i.e. the price of the ticket, and a compensation for moral damage in a civil suit, head of the legal commission under the Russian Union of Travel Industry Georgy Mokhov said. The sum of compensations in this particular case may be considerable, especially for those passengers who were stuck at the airport with small children.