Charter business to Goa will take a major hit on account of the new circular released by the Russian Government in a bid to give a fillip to its national carrier Aeroflot. Nordwind Airlines and Vim Avia – two of most prominent charter airline operators; operating close to over 60 flights each into Goa from Moscow have been asked to discontinue their operations to Goa.
While the circular had been issued in the first week of October this year, the order has come into effect from 4th November, 2010; this at a time when tourism business into Goa from Russia has just started to flow in and charter flights were to arrive.
Now fending for solutions and alternatives to the charter business from Russia; companies such as Cicerone Air Transport Services and others have approached the DGCA to find a solution and intervene with the Russian government to not restrict charter business. While currently Charter flights from Moscow have been restricted, many in the business are expecting other regions in Russia to face the same fate.
Commenting on the unprecedented turn of events, Joao Xavier Miranda, expressed, “For charter operators like us it is a complete loss of business from the Russian market. Tour operators that have worked the itinerary for the coming tourist season will also now have to look at alternate air transport solution rather than direct flight into Goa, if Aeroflot fails to accommodate the tourist in-flow from Russia which has been growing over the years.”
Solution though at the DGCA level of India will not be possible as it is an order issued by the Russian government to the Russian Charter Airline.