Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, resumed flights to Turkey on Friday after political unrest in that country led to a brief ban, Aeroflot said in a statement.
“Russia’s aviation watchdog, Rosaviatsia, has lifted all restrictions on regular passenger flights between Russia and Turkey “as a result of Turkey’s guarantees of additional aviation security measures,’’ Aeroflot said.
It noted that an attempted coup against Turkish President Recep Erdogan during the weekend led Rosaviatsia to ban flights to Turkey.
It never banned flights returning to Russia from Turkey, since they were needed to bring Russian citizens back home.
Aeroflot said that over 2,000 Russians were evacuated from Turkey following the attempted coup.
“Just three weeks prior, Russia had lifted a months-long ban on selling vacation packages to Turkey.
“A measure that had been imposed as retaliation for a Turkish military jet shooting down a Russian warplane on the Syrian border late 2015,’’ it added.
Turkey was previously one of the most popular destinations for Russian tourists.
The travel ban is estimated to have caused billions of dollars in losses for the Turkish tourism industry. (dpa/NAN)