22 Jun 2019 13:22

Russian airlines ready to transport passengers from Georgia after July 8 via airports of Armenia, N. Ossetia - official

MOSCOW. June 22 (Interfax) - Systemic effort to implement Russian President Vladimir Putin's order suspending air travel with Georgia has been initiated at a conference chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov, Akimov's representative told the press on Saturday.

"Compatriots, who are currently visiting Georgia, have been recommended to return to Russia before July 8. Passengers will be offered to change dates of their flights with Russian airlines for earlier periods without paying extra," the representative said.

For instance, Aeroflot has 2,100 vacant seats on flights from Georgia before July 8. Other Russian airlines have vacant seats, too, he said.

"Airlines are duly notifying their clients. There will be interaction between six domestic airlines, which perform flights to and from Georgia, i.e. Aeroflot, Pobeda, S7, Ural Airlines, Red Wings, and Nordavia. Some of them are ready to transport Russians after July 8 but via airports of Armenia and North Ossetia," he said.

It was noted at the conference that massive returning of tickets to Georgia would facilitate transportation of Russians remaining in Georgia to the home country.

"Passengers and their luggage will be transported in a routine manner. Citizens who booked particular tourist products, such as accommodation, tours, and the like can contact their travel agents and get a refund consistent with Russian civil law and consumer rights legislation," the representative said.