To increase the flow of tourists From the Western Russian region - the Kaliningrad region - in the Crimea could be the availability of direct flights, told Last news Director of travel company "Anex tour-point of sale" Ekaterina Zotova.
The Kaliningrad region is the only Russian region that has no common borders with the main territory of the country. It borders with the EU countries - Lithuania And Poland, has access to the Baltic sea. To travel in a Russian city by train passengers must have a passport, car And even a Schengen visa. The most optimal method of travel For citizens of Kaliningrad is aircraft.
"in Crimea we do package tours, But only with the departure From the capital of Russia, for this reason, they are not very popular. Usually the Price of these tours is 50-60 thousand Rubles. for two for a week. This flight, " said Director of travel Agency.
According to the envoy of the Kaliningrad airport " Hrabrovo ", direct flights From Kaliningrad to Crimea is not due to the fact that the direction is not popular. First of Rosaviatsia said that in 2014 the European organisation for the safety of air navigation ( "EUROCONTROL" ) said about the fact that European managers will not provide air navigation services aircraft, following in the Crimea. All flights From Kaliningrad airport are in the area of responsibility of EUROCONTROL.
"From Kaliningrad there is no direct flight to the Crimea. But It does not depend on us And not due to lack of demand. The fact that the Kaliningrad airport "Hrabrovo" has a special international position due to the fact that the area of the region surrounded by foreign States, It imposes limits on flights. I think the citizens would gladly flew direct, " said the Commissioner of the airport.
But it is recognized that a Federal program subsidizing air travel has helped many to reduce costs on the road. In mid-June, the Federal air transport Agency additionally has distributed 650 million rubles allocated for subsidizing regional passenger traffic And the formation of a regional route network.
so, the total amount of grants that are reserved in the Federal budget for flight operations on the territory of the Russian Federation has increased to 4, 23 billion with 3, 58 billion. The total number of routes in 2015 for this program is averaging 113 points, the flights perform 23 airlines.
Using the program, Kaliningraders Faith And Yanchevskii Sergei Vyugin, saving almost half from last year's " fare. Discount Tickets with a stopover in the Russian capital cost their family of three to 40 thousand Rubles. against 70 thousand in the past year.
"As soon as the announcement of the sale of subsidized tickets, We drove to the dock, But then we had to hurry - literally in front of the cabin was filled on-line. The tickets were purchased in April, then We slowly picked up the living area in the private sector have already proven realtors, " said the head of the family.
"Took a chance last summer with the whole family for the first time to go to the Crimea, to get his impressions of the black sea vacation. Was satisfied enough that this vacation So decided to spend on the Russian shore of the Black sea: reasonable prices, good level of comfort, amazing nature, fresh air, friendly locals And Russian language ", - he said the benefits of such rest.
"We know that those who live in Kaliningrad, more often abroad than in Russia. And We've caught myself on the fact that not once were not here, And wondered How such beauty could pass us. We had the opportunity to buy tickets at the resort, But We decided to relax on their own, not to be tied into anything, So travelled with her husband And daughter the whole southern coast of the Crimea ", - said Yanchevskii.
Modern Studio apartment with everything you need in the past year, the family had booked in advance, honest realtors organized And transfer to the destination - the village Mishor, near Yalta. Shops, tents And the market is fully covered the needs, in addition, the prices tourists not deterred.
"surprised quite a large number of decent cafes, canteens, where can be a tasty And inexpensive lunch near the beach. The only disadvantage is that with payment by " Bank transfer ", there is, of course, the problem. Found several ATMs from which cash can be withdrawn with the Commission, And to pay off the card in practice anywhere is impossible ", - said the Agency interlocutor.
However, such things could not dampen the Kaliningraders impressions from a holiday. Lucky with the weather. But the main thing is that daughters stay too much.
"We were on the mountain AI-Petri, watched the Vorontsov Palace, Livadia, Massandra, passed through the sanatorium" Ukraine ". Once even saw dolphins. And catching crabs with my dad. But we have so much expected to see, " adds nine-year-old daughter of Kaliningraders Albina vyugina, promising to tell them what happened in Crimea over the past year.
Crimea became one Of the Most popular destinations For tourists From Russia after the reunification of the Peninsula with Russia in March 2014. Federal And regional authorities have positioned the development of the tourism industry As One of the development priorities of the region, activity in the Crimean direction demonstrate Russian airlines And tour operators.