Turkey-Russia flights drop almost 50 percent after jet crisis: Official
ISTANBUL – Doğan News Agency
REUTERS photoScheduled flights between Russia and Turkey by the two countries’ flag carriers have dropped almost 50 percent along with the number of passengers after the downing of Russian jet by Turkey on Nov. 24, 2015, a tourism official has said.
SKY Tourism Company official Faruk Yılmaz said Turkish Airlines’ daily flights to Moscow dropped from four to three flights a week, while Russian carrier Aeroflot Airlines decreased its daily flights from four to two.
“There has been a great decrease in occupancy rates in flights after the Nov. 24  downing of a Russian jet, almost 50 percent in the number of passengers and flights,” Yılmaz noted.
He also said Aeroflot dropped its number of daily Moscow-Antalya flights to one.
In addition, Yılmaz said Turkish Airlines aimed to boost its flights during the summer season, increasing the number of Moscow-Istanbul flights from 21 to 28 and organizing two flights between Antalya and Moscow.
Turkish Airlines holds 21 flights a week to Moscow from Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport while Aeroflot organizes 14.
Low cost carrier Pegasus Airlines also organizes seven flights a week from Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
Apart from Moscow, Turkish Airlines flies to many Russian destinations including Yekaterinburg, Kazan, Rostov, St. Petersburg, Ufa, Krasnodar, Novosibirsk and Astrakhan.
Pegasus also flies to Krasnodar and Yekaterinburg.