Rosaviatsia has published an official message on the opening of flights from Russia to Turkey, Great Britain and Tanzania. Both regular and charter flights are allowed.
According to the official statement of the Federal Air Transport Agency, on August 1, 2020, international air traffic resumes from the airports of Moscow, the Moscow Region, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don to the UK (London), Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara) and Tanzania (Zanzibar). From August 10, 2020, the flights from these Russian cities to Antalya, Dalaman and Bodrum (Turkey) will be also resumed.
“The flights will be operated by Russian and foreign airlines on a regular and charter basis,” the Federal Air Transport Agency said in a statement.
The department also recalled that restrictions on the maximum number of passengers per day are being lifted for the named Russian air hubs. Thus, the number of regular and charter flights from Moscow (and the region), St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don is not limited.
On July 24, some Russian and foreign airlines have already opened sales for permitted routes. Tickets are not on sale yet only to Tanzania. The tour operator Biblio-Globus will likely arrange charter flights there.
Some market participants note a high demand for tickets to Turkey. For example, Aeroflot's tickets to Istanbul for August are almost sold out. However, the carrier can perform additional flights according to the agreement with the aviation authorities.
The market is also awaiting the start of sales of other carriers. Tour operators are opening sales to Turkey and are ready to arrange charter flights to Antalya and Istanbul.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.