On Monday, Rossiya Airlines began to evacuate passengers from Turkey who were unable to fly to Russia between July 16 and 18. More than 450 Russian tourists were brought from Istanbul and Antalya to Russia by Turkish airlines on Sunday. According to Association of Tour Operators of Russia, (ATOR) just 2-3% of tourists decided to cut their holiday in Turkey short, no tours were cancelled.
ATOR Vice President Dmitry Gorin said that all Russian tourists are currently returning as planned. "We will finish transporting passengers, who were due to leave on July 16-17, by today or tomorrow. Those who are still in Turkey or who have arrived there recently will continue vacationing in the country’s resorts. That said the last remaining tourists will be flown out of Turkey by approximately July 28."
According to Russia’s Transport Ministry, plans are also underway to carry out another 11 flights from Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya to Moscow, Kazan, Sochi, Begishevo, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg, Nalchik, Ufa and Rostov-on-Don.
According to Gorin, just 2-3% of tourists decided to cut their holiday in Turkey short, apart from that no tours were cancelled.
Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency has imposed restrictions on flights to Turkey. The agency declared that it would continue such efforts until the political unrest clears up. However, Russian and Turkish air carriers can continue their outgoing flights.
Update: The Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia also known as Rosaviatsiya said that regular flights of both Russian and Turkish airlines between the two countries are temporarily suspended. However, the airlines of both countries will continue to carry Russian passengers out of Turkey.