The first group of Russian tourists arrived in Turkey’s southern province of Antalya, as Moscow resumed full-scale air traffic with Turkey on Tuesday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
On April 15, Russia had temporarily suspended regular and charter flights with Turkey due to COVID-19 concerns. After a two-month break, Russian tourists started to come to Turkey again.
A Turkish Airlines plane, which departed from Vnukova Airport in the Russian capital Moscow, landed at Antalya airport at 0240 GMT with 132 passengers.
The tourists got off the plane, passed through thermal cameras and entered the airport. After passport procedures, they moved to the hotels.
During the day, more than 12,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Antalya with 44 planes from Russia to Turkey.
Oleg Uvanov, one of the passengers, said he is on holiday with a friend who lives in Antalya.
Uvanov said it is very nice to be in Turkey after the lifting of the restrictions, and added: "I want to get rid of the tiredness of the whole year, have a nice holiday and return [to Russia].”