ECONOMY

Orderly return of Goldtrail customers

The sudden bankruptcy of British tour operator Goldtrail Ltd has had little impact on the Greek tourism market, as the company specialized more in the bulk sale of air tickets for charter flights and accommodation, mostly to Turkey. Sources suggest that there are some 200 Goldtrail customers stuck on Rhodes. The departure of about 160 people will take place tomorrow and on Saturday. There are about 80 people left on Kos, departing tomorrow and on July 28. On Crete, especially in Malia, there are about 175 Goldtrail customers set to depart by the end of the month. Late last night, 376 customers were about to fly back home from Corfu. There have been some problems with departures or with tourists’ accommodation since the official announcement of the corporation’s insolvency on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, Goldtrail agents in Greece were informed by the UK Civil Aviation Authority that the latter would take over the return of stranded tourists, while the fund of British tourism agencies will cover outstanding expenses of the bankrupt firm. There are sources, however, who have suggested that Goldtrail’s associates in Greece had already known about the impending bankruptcy a week earlier.