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13 Apr 2020

Belavia performs about 20 repatriation flights to bring Belarusian tourists home

Belavia performs about 20 repatriation flights to bring Belarusian tourists home
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MINSK, 13 April (BelTA) – The Belarusian air carrier Belavia has already operated around 20 charter flights to help stranded Belarusian tourists return home, Belavia's Deputy Director General for Marketing and Foreign Economic Affairs Igor Cherginets told the Belarus 1 TV channel on 12 April, BelTA has learned.

Thanks to the support of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, thousands of Belarusian nationals managed to return home. This work continues, Igor Cherginets noted. “Belavia operated special flights to Moscow, Dubai, Lisbon, and Barcelona. All in all, it chartered around two dozen flights. “Returning our compatriots home is a matter of crucial importance,” Igor Cherginets said.

Earlier, director of the tourism department of the Sport and Tourism Ministry Irina Voronovich told BelTA that all tourist groups who had bought tours from travel agencies had returned to Belarus. As for individual tourists, some of them are still abroad. It is hard to say how many of them are there. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working on their return together with other government agencies.

Work is underway to fly Belarusians back from India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. According to Igor Cherginets, it is difficult to organize flights from these destinations. “At least one stopover is needed to refuel and in case with Bali – two stopovers on the way there and two more on the way back. It is difficult for the crew from the technical point of view and for passengers. Moreover, it is expensive,” he explained. “I believe that we will find a solution and bring all Belarusians home,” he noted.

Igor Cherginets added that Belarusian citizens are offered tickets at the minimum price.

Belavia plans to resume flights to Vienna in late April. The company is waiting for authorization from the Austrian authorities.

Due to the coronavirus situation, Belavia’s passenger traffic fell by almost 90%.

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