Air traffic halt of Turkey impacts Russian tourism

Published on : Monday, April 19, 2021

The tourism industry of Russia is eagerly anticipating the resumption of charter flights to and from Turkey from June 1st, 2021.

Moscow earlier this week disclosed of a temporary postponement of regular and charter flights with Turkey due to the COVID concerns, starting April 15.

Yuri Barzykin, the vice president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, explained that due to the air traffic halt, the Russian companies will lose around 5 billion rubles ($65 million)

“We hope to be compensated for these losses. We also expect the government to initiate a subsidy program for airlines and tour operators,” he told Russian news agency TASS.

Two regular flights every week between Istanbul and Moscow will carry on its services during the suspension time, as per Tatyana Golikova, the deputy prime minister, Russia.

Flights to take home Russians who are working on the Akkuyu nuclear power plant project in the southern province of Mersin in Turkey will also continue, she told a news conference on April 19.

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