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Russia to boost the number of direct flights to Turkey

Russia to boost the number of direct flights to Turkey

Russia has decided to boost the number of direct flights to Turkey, according to statements on Monday, which came just after the country resumed flight service to Turkey following a COVID-19 hiatus that began in April.

Thirteen more cities were allowed to resume direct flights to Turkey starting on July 12 – with an additional destination of the Aegean city of Izmir – the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency said in a statement.

“From July 12, 2021, Russian and Turkish airlines will be able to operate flights from 45 international airports in Russia, including from Barnaul, Belgorod, Volgograd, Voronezh, Kaluga, Krasnodar, Lipetsk, Nalchik, Orenburg, Saratov, Sochi, Tyumen and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk,” it said.

On June 22, Russia resumed air traffic with Turkey, and currently, 10 Russian airlines carry out flights to five Turkish destinations – Istanbul, Ankara, and southern Antalya provinces as well as southwestern Muğla’s touristic Dalaman and Bodrum districts.

Moscow’s lifting of a two-month Turkish flight ban last month prompted a wave of tourists from the country’s top visitor source.

More than 721,000 tourists arrived in Antalya in June, while travel restrictions allowed for only around 747,000 foreigners to arrive in the five months before that.