Flights from Russia to Turkey to commence on July 7
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 02, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 02, 2016 12:00 am
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (SHGM) has announced that charter flights from Russia to Turkey, which have been suspended for seven months, will resume on July 7. A post on SHGM's official Twitter Account said, "Russia's application for 17 charter flights to Turkey, which will commence on July 7, has been approved by our directorate." Due to the fighter jet crisis between Turkey and Russia, charter flights between the two countries were halted on Dec. 1, 2015.
Russian Tour Operators Association (ATOR) Director Maya Lomidze told the Govorit Moskva radio that a one-week holiday cost in Turkey will be 25,000-30,000 ruble per person on average.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Thursday the decree lifting restrictions on Russian tour firms working in Turkey. According to the statement released by the Kremlin, the decree will lift restrictions against tour sales and charter flights to Turkey by Russian tourism firms. The statement also added that the Kremlin decided to hold talks with Turkey about economic relations, and to consider changes in sanctions against the country according to the results of the talks. Earlier on the same day, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will remove the economic sanctions against Turkey "on a gradual basis."
Speaking at a meeting of the cabinet of ministers in Moscow, Medvedev said economic sanctions against Turkey would be lifted in accordance with theinstructions of Putin. Medvedev said sanctions are to be lifted "gradually" in order to prevent any harm against Russian producers. Russia would also demand guarantees by the Turkish government in order to provide safety for Russian tourists, Medvedev said.
In line with these developments, Russia's transport ministry said on Thursday it had started implementing a government order to resume charter flights to Turkey, TASS news agency reported.