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Russia lifts ban on charter flights to Turkey

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Russia turkey flagsRussia resumes charter flights to Turkey following a ban imposed in November.

Rosaviation, the Russian civil aviation authority, authorized Ural Airlines to fly from Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan to Antalya.

Ural Airlines has assignment to operate Antalya flights seven times a week.

Russia has banned sales of tour packages and all charter flights to Turkey on December 1.

The downing of the Russian Su-24 fighter jet over Syria by Turkey on November 24 has dealt great damage to bilateral relations between Moscow and Ankara. Russia has banned sales of tour packages to Turkey and the Kremlin has halted charter flights to Turkey, which transported about 90 per cent of the 4.4m Russians who visited the country in 2014.

Russia delivers the second-biggest group of visitors to a Turkish tourism industry that generated $34bn in revenue in 2014. They have become such a reliable source of income over the past decade that resorts along the southern Mediterranean have started to cater specifically to their tastes, with Russian-speaking staff and amenities now commonplace.

Source: RusTourismNews

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