Government to Allocate Money for Airlines That Flew Russians Out of Turkey and Tanzania, Mishustin Says

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The Russian government will allocate almost 5 billion rubles this year for children’s tourist cashback and almost 1 billion rubles in the form of subsidies to airlines that flew Russians out of Turkey and Tanzania, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said.

Air traffic with Turkey and Tanzania was interrupted due to the outbreak of coronavirus in these countries, and Russian tour operators and airlines had to urgently flew Russian tourists out of these countries.

“It is necessary to compensate for the losses of tour operators who flew out our fellow citizens. We will allocate 1 billion rubles to companies that carried out return flights to compensate for their costs,” Mishustin explained, adding that there were approximately 50 thousand passengers.

The government will support tour operators that carry out domestic charter programs in Russia. “We will direct 1.2 billion rubles to reimburse half of the cost of such transportation in directions. The list will be determined by Rosturizm,” Mishustin said.

In addition, the government will also allocate 5 billion rubles for the program of returning 50% of the cost of vouchers for children. The money will be returned to the parents on the “Mir” card.

“On the instructions of the head of state, we will allocate 5 billion rubles for a program to support affordable trips within the country for children’s summer holidays,” Mishustin said, adding that more than 370 thousand people will be able to use this program by the end of the year.

According to Mishustin, he also asked Rostourism, together with the Finance and Education Ministries, to prepare and submit a draft resolution for the approval of the rules for granting these subsidies.