MOSCOW, July 20 (Bernama) — Despite the still fragile political situation in Turkey after the attempted military coup, Russian authorities are continuing with their plan to resume scheduled and chartered flights to the country, Cuba’s Prensa Latina (PL) news agency reported.
The first flights for Russian tourists resumed a week ago after more than half a year of interruption due to the deterioration of bilateral relations caused by the downing of a Russian fighter Su-24 by Turkish fighters in Syria, in November 2015.
Amid conflicting reports, the executive director of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, Maya Lomidze, did not rule out the restoration of passenger flights to Turkish destinations by mid-August, if other political catastrophes do not occur.
He pointed out, in statements to the official newspaper Rossiskaya Gazeta, that rumours circulated by the media about an alleged resumption of flights in 2017, are not in keeping with reality.
He said, however, that the issue depends on the guarantees offered by Turkey for the security of Russian citizens.
“We have informed Turkey of all our concerns about security at airports, spas, hotels and during excursions,” he added.
He admitted that in light of recent events in Ankara and Istanbul, concerns have tripled.
The Turkish authorities have promised a response to his question within two weeks, he added.