Russia to resume all flights to Turkey

Last week, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova has announced that lifted its flight ban to Turkey, which was in effect since April 12 and air travel between the two countries would start on June 22. The decision was made following a visit of Russian experts to Turkey to assess safety measures, Vice Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova told a government meeting in Moscow on Friday.

Turkey is the most popular holiday destination for millions of Russian tourists each year and in 2019 over 7 million Russian tourists visited Turkey, more than any other country. In 2020, even with the pandemic, more than 2.7 million Russian tourists chose Turkey as their holiday destination.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy welcomed Russia’s move on Twitter and “Russia's resumption of flights to our country as of June 22 is an indication of the trust in our country for safe tourism,” Ersoy wrote.

Turkey has spearheaded safe tourism campaigns and a special certification to ensure that tourists and locals alike are safe from further coronavirus outbreaks.

Russian Tourists Flock to Turkish Resort after Flights Resume

 Russians started booking holidays to Turkey's destinations after flights resume. On June 22, 12 thousand 200 Russian tourists arrive in Antalya on 44 planes that will take off from Russia.

Every year, an average of 5-7 million Russian tourists come to Turkey. This year, with the lifting of the restriction, only Antalya is expected to receive an average of 15-20 thousand tourists per day and about 5 million Russian tourists at the end of the season.

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