MIAMI – After halting all flights on May 17 following concerns from COVID-19 spread, Aeroflot (SU) has announced an increase in flights and destinations to Turkey coming into effect on June 25.

Aeroflot only present destination to Istambul (IST), served only twice a week, will be increased at two flights per day while Antalya (AYT), Bodrum (BJV), and Dalaman (DLM) are being added to the carrier’s schedule with one daily service each. Turkey is a prized destination for Russian tourists that, for the first quarter of the year, totaled 500,000 visits to the country.

Turkish Airlines Airbus 321-200 in Playmobil livery. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Comments from Aeroflot

Mikhail Demin, SU spokesperson, has indicated that the airline “will monitor the load and make decisions depending on the actual demand.” On the route, SU faced competition from Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines (TK), a better situation than in the past when Turkey’s run was also exploited by Utair (UT), Pobeda (DP), Red Wings (WZ), Nordwind Airlines (N4), Royal Flight (RL), and S7 Airlines (S7).

Tatyana Golikova, Russia Deputy Prime Minister, had earlier announced the re resumption of flights on June 22 after tgravel restrictions were imposed on April 15 amid growing number of Covid infections in Turkey.

Article sourced from and Reuters

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