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Turkey faces billions in losses due to limited air traffic with Russia

19:25, 03 June 2021
Turkey faces billions in losses due to limited air traffic with Russia Photo: Kaan Soyturk/Reuters

As a result of the restrictions on the flights to and from Russia, Turkey will lose more than two billion dollars, the Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported.


The chairperson of the Travel Agencies Union (TÜRSAB) Mediterranean Regional Representative Board Ferit Turgut predicted that after extending the restrictions, Russians may cancel trips to Turkey.

“With the losses between April 15 and June 21, the bill of the ban exceeds $2 billion,” he said.

Also, the head of the Southern Aegean Touristic Hoteliers and Operators Association Bulent Bulbuloglu hoped that the tourist flow would stay at the same level by July. According to him, vaccination against coronavirus will play an important role in resolving this issue. He also stressed that the tourism traffic in Turkey has not yet been resumed.

Experts also mentioned that at the moment for the Russians there was no high-quality alternative to tourism in Turkey. However, Russia plans to extend the suspension of flights to the country due to the difficult epidemiological situation in Turkey, associated with COVID-19.

From June 1 Ankara simplified the entry rules for foreign tourists, including Russians, who were vaccinated against coronavirus infection.