Russia may resume international air travel in August; these will most likely be CIS states. The RIA Novosti reports about it citing to the president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Andrei Ignatyev.
“The Federal Air Transport Agency doesn’t plan any international flights until August 1, they are banned. But according to our data, the Sheremetyevo airport’s terminal D will prepare for flights on July 27. Maybe international flights will begin sometime in August,” he said.
Most likely, CIS states will be the first countries opened for Russians, Ignatyev added.
“This will give us the possibility of fly to those countries where the epidemiological situation is acceptable for citizens. Most likely, these will be CIS states,” the the president of the Russian Union of Travel Industry noted.
According to a protocol of a meeting of the response center on prevention of the coronavirus spread, Russia will restore air travel with other countries in two stages.
“To agree with the proposal of the Ministry of Transport of Russia (Yevgeny Dietrich), the Federal Air Transport Agency (Alexander Neradko) and PJSC Aeroflot – Russian Airlines (Vitaliy Savelyev) on expediency of resumption of international flights in 2 stages,” the protocol says.
Turkmenistan has shown some caution to resume international air travel. Currently, the country has ceased international air traffic until July 20 this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.