Since Thursday, Russia has officially resumed flights with a number of countries, which was interrupted last year amid the coronavirus. Now Russian carriers will be able, if they wish, to open direct regular flights to Austria, Hungary, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Morocco and Croatia. It is also possible charter flights with Albania. This decision was made at the end of May by the operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus infection.
On almost all destinations, there is a quota for flights between Moscow and the capital of another country – no more than two flights a week (therefore, according to the principle of parity, a Russian airline can operate two flights and a foreign one two more). A quota of one flight per week will be valid for the routes Moscow – Luxembourg, Moscow – Beirut and Moscow – Tirana. At the moment, no Russian airline has announced plans to open regular direct flights to new destinations.
At the moment, international flights from Russia have been resumed to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, India, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Venezuela, Greece, Germany, Singapore, Serbia, Ethiopia, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Egypt , UAE, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Finland, Japan, Maldives, Malta, Cuba, Seychelles.
Where Russians will be able to fly and travel more often
Together with the opening of countries, the headquarters decided to increase the frequency of flights to some other countries. For example, from Thursday the number of flights between Moscow and Belarus will be increased from five to 10 per week. As noted earlier in a conversation with TASS, Aeroflot CEO Mikhail Poluboyarinov, the company plans to launch flights on five newly opened frequencies.
Moreover, the railway communication with Belarus on the Gomel-Moscow and Polotsk-Moscow routes has been formally resumed on a daily basis, and the number of cars on the Lastochka trains on the Moscow-Minsk route has also been increased. The exact date of the increase in the number of Swallows and the launch of trains in Minsk was not officially announced by Russian Railways, but in a conversation with TASS last week, Deputy Director General of Russian Railways Dmitry Pegov clarified that the company is now coordinating technical issues and that it will need time to open ticket sales.
Also, Russia is increasing the number of regular flights per week to Greece, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Qatar, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, as well as to Egypt and Serbia.
Russian news agency TASS