Turkey looking to resume flights with Russia on July 15 - Turkish ambassador

Turkish authorities have proposed July 15 as a date to resume flights with Russia,  following a months-long suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, Turksh Ambassador to Russia Mehmet Samsar said in an interview with Russian news agency Interfax.

Ankara has made the proposal to Moscow and authorities from both sides “are in close contact to open air travel in the near future,” the ambassador said.

Samsar said a final date had not yet been determined, but he hoped flights would resume next month.

Turkey suspended all international travel in late March in a bid to stem the COVID-19 outbreak.

Turkey is a popular destination for Russian tourists, accounting for over 15 percent of all arrivals in the country in 2019, according to figures from the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

Turkey has taken all the necessary safety measures on tourist sites, Samsar said, adding that all “hotels, restaurants, transport companies must receive a certificate issuing sanitary and hygienic safety.”

Ankara has invited a Russian delegation to visit the country to asses the steps Turkey has taken, the ambassador said.