Jul 21, 2020
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Six Russian cities named from which they want to allow flights abroad

At the first stage of the restoration of international air traffic, departures can only be allowed from six large Russian cities, selected on a geographical basis, says the proposal of the First Deputy Minister of Transport and Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko.

It is understood that residents of neighboring regions will be able to fly from large airports located in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Vladivostok. Thus, until the full restoration of international air traffic, these cities will become domestic hubs, write Izvestia citing its own sources.

Rospotrebnadzor, Rosaviatsia and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will agree on the list of countries for the resumption of international flights with the territorial divisions of Rospotrebnadzor of the above regions, specified in the draft algorithm for restoring international flights, dated July 8, sent to the government.

At the second stage of restoring the message, the departments, based on the epidemiological situation, will send to the government lists of countries, flights to which are possible from any international airport. That is, if air traffic with other countries is restored on August 1, Russian airports that are not classified as domestic hubs will be able to receive flights from abroad no earlier than mid-August.

According to the source of the publication, this initiative belongs to Rospotrebnadzor and is associated with the need to minimize the risks of the spread of coronavirus. It is specified that flights will be allowed from all three air ports of the Moscow hub.

Russia has suspended international flights since the end of March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. An exception was made for export flights that returned citizens to their homeland. From June 8, you can fly abroad to visit close relatives in need of care, as well as for treatment, study or work. This rule also applies to foreigners arriving in Russia.

As wrote earlier, Turkish Airlines announced the resumption of direct flights with Russia. The carrier's planes will fly to six cities in the country.

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