[IMG=19933-5687] The end of May was marked with several changes on the Maltese destination. Thus, Tour Operating Company Trio Tours decided to postpone their own charter program Moscow – Valetta and to cooperate with Consol operating flights to the destination by Atlant-Soyuz TU-154. You may recall from earlier news bulletins that last year Trio Tours took blocks on flights consolidated by Consol, but at the beginning of spring 2006 the travel company announced its decision to consolidate Utair charter flights to Malta (news/ 09.03, 30.03 and 14.04).
According to Marina Kreimer, General Director of Trio Tours, they made a decision to postpone a charter flight program in order to evaluate the situation. ‘After 3-4 flights with Consol we will be able to evaluate the demand for flights and if necessary we will launch one more charter’, said Kreimer. She also specified that if a new charter program is operated, Consol Travel Company will be involved.
Meanwhile, travel market players point out that the initiative of two consolidates to cooperate together is reasonable because of low demand for flights to Malta at the moment. As for the potential launch of a second charter, travel market experts are skeptical towards the initiative. Thus, Konstantin Smirnov, Director of Malta Department of Tourbureau Moscow, explained: ‘the market will not cope with two flights. Therefore, I am sure one charter is enough for the Maltese destination’.
Furthermore, the question regarding the ‘fate’ of travel companies who planned to take blocks on Trio Tours flights is still open. According to Elena Nekrasova, the same companies as last year – in particular, Riviera, Uniwestmedia, ETK – take blocks on flights consolidated by Consol, therefore, experts believe, other companies will have to manage with scheduled flights by Air Malta.
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