Turkey, Russia agree to start flights after 100 days hiatus due to COVID-19

Now Turkey restarted flights with 32 countries and 20 more countries on the way

Turkey and Russia have agreed to starts flights between the two countries as of July 15 following 100 days of suspension due to the COVID-19, according to Daily Sabah.  

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu  added prior to adding Russia to the list, the country had started flights with 31 countries and was negotiating with 20 more countries. “With Russia, the number of countries with which flights have restarted has increased to 32,” told Karaismailoğlu.

Highest recovery expected from Russian market

Representatives from tourism industry emphasized that with the start of flights, they expect the fastest recovery to realize in the Russian market. Hit hard by the COVID-19, Russia had fully closed flights with other countries as of March 27.

Russians topped the list of foreign tourists and accounted for 15.6% of all arrivals in Turkey in 2019, according to the Culture and Tourism Ministry data. Some 7 million Russians visited last year. According to Antalya Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the southern resort city in 2019 welcomed 15.64 million tourists. Of those, 5.58 million arrived from Russia, an all-time high. That stood at 4.8 million in 2018, and 3.8 million in 2017.

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