from, Sputnik News:
Moscow’s move to lift the ban on charter air transportation between Russia and Turkey will hopefully boost the country’s flagging tourism sector even though the summer vacation season is coming to a close, according to the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet.
As summer draws to a close along with Turkey’s peak vacation season, the inflow of Russians to the country may finally grow now that Moscow has permitted charter air travel to the country, the newspaper Hurriyet reported.
The newspaper recalled that according to the decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the ban on charter flights between the two countries has been canceled from August 28.
Russia imposed an array of sanctions on Ankara when a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber in Syria. These included a ban on charter flights. Russian tourists, who prefer package tours which make use of charter air travel, stopped coming: the number of Russian visitors fell 93 percent in the peak month of June compared to a year ago, according to Bloomberg.
In July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan apologized for the downed Russian warplane. The leaders of the countries met the following month and went about restoring bilateral ties.
As for Russia’s move to lift the charter air transportation ban, it was immediately appreciated by Turkish tourism officials, who currently hope that they will manage “to recover about 15 percent of their losses in the Russian market after the flights begin,” according to Hurriyet.
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