Russian tourists arrive in Turkey as flights to resort towns resume

Russian tourists have begun arriving in Turkey's holiday destination of Antalya on Monday after flights between the countries resumed, state-run Anadolu news agency said.

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

Turkey’s transport and infrastructure minister had said that travel between Turkey and Russia would resume on July 15, however, the resumption of flights between Russia and Turkey was delayed until Aug. 10.

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines are among the companies to have flights from Russia to the Turkish coastal resorts of Antalya, Dalaman, and Bodrum, Anadolu said.

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.