Russia will restart international flights to Turkey, Britain and Tanzania on Aug. 1 after shuttering its borders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
International flights will begin operating from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on Don, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said, according to the Moscow Times. The country is also in talks with 30 other countries on resuming travel, it said.
Planes will fly to and from Turkey’s capital Ankara and the largest city of Istanbul from Aug. 1, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said, citing Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova. Flights to Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman, the main airports serving tourists holidaying in southern Turkey, will resume on Aug. 10, she said.
Russia provided the most tourists of any country to Turkey last year when the latter earned a record $34.5 billion from tourism. Tourists from most of Europe are currently staying away because the European Union has yet to make a joint decision lifting warnings on travel.