Turkey, Antalya airport during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Russia suspends its flights with Turkey until June

Russia announced this week the suspension until June 1 of most flights with Turkey, due to the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.

Russia announced this week the temporary suspension of its scheduled and charter flights with Turkey between April 15 and June 1 due to the situation of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, as confirmed on Monday by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.

During a video conference with other members of the government, Golikova explained that flights with Turkey will resume if the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey shows a positive trend, adding that travel agencies in Russia will be recommended to suspend the sale of tours in Turkey as well as in Tanzania, an African country with which Moscow has also suspended flights.

Golikova noted however that the suspension of flights between Russia and Turkey – one of the main tourist destinations for Russian tourists – will not apply to the two regular weekly flights between Istanbul and Moscow; likewise, connections by plane will be maintained for Russian citizens working on the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, the Akkuyu power plant, located in the Turkish province of Mersin.