15 Sep 2020 10:21

Aeroflot to replace repatriation flights with commercial ones, tickets available

MOSCOW. Sept 15 (Interfax) - Russia is cancelling some of the repatriation flights currently accessible exclusively through registration on the public services website and is replacing them with passenger and cargo flights of Aeroflot.

"Indeed, Aeroflot has started selling tickets for its passenger and cargo flights to Moscow to Russian citizens with the consent of the operative headquarters," Aeroflot press secretary Yulia Spivakova told the press. She said tickets were available for Aeroflot passenger and cargo flights from certain destinations in Europe, the United States, and Asia.

According to Spivakova, repatriation flights will be performed only from those cities, where regular commercial flights operated by Russian airlines are not available. These include cities in South America and some cities in Africa and Asia, she said.

Russia suspended all commercial international passenger flights in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Augusts 1, airlines were allowed to perform flights form a number of Russian cities to London, Ankara, Istanbul, and Zanzibar (Tanzania). Flights to Turkey's Antalya, Bodrum, and Dalaman became available on August 10, and flights to Switzerland resumed on August 15. Regular air traffic was restored with Cairo, Dubai, and the Maldives in September.