MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. Russia’s flagship air carrier Aeroflot said on Friday it will resume flights from Moscow to London and Istanbul from August 1.
"The government’s decision to resume international air service is a major and long-expected step towards resumption of regular air service. Naturally, it will take time to resume international flights to the full extent. Nevertheless, Aeroflot has always maintained a high degree of readiness for flight resumption. On August 1, we will fly to London and Istanbul and are waiting for further government decisions," Aeroflot spokesman Mikhail Demin told journalists.
Flights to the United Kingdom and Turkey were suspended in late March amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said earlier that Russia would resume international air service from August 1. At first, international flights will be performed from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Rostov-on-Don. According to Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, flights will be partially resumed to the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Tnazania. London will be the only British destination so far. As for Turkey, from August 1, flight will be performed to Ankara and Istanbul, and to Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman from August 10.