Aeroflot’s low-cost unit, Pobeda, is further strengthening its network of flights to Turkish tourist destinations following Russia’s recent lifting of travel restrictions in the country.
Pobeda will resume flights to Bodrum and Dalaman from Moscow Vnukovo Airport from early August. The airline has already announced its intention to resume services to Antalya and Gazipasa from early July.
Russia imposed travel restrictions on Turkey, a key leisure destination for Russian visitors, in April as part of measures to counter the Covid crisis. But earlier in June, Russia paved the way for the resumption of services in the country.
Pobeda has quickly resumed its activities since the crisis, a growth engine for the Russian group. The airline carried 1.23 million passengers in May, almost exclusively on domestic flights. That’s 43.7% above passenger levels in May 2019.
Traffic for the Aeroflot group as a whole was down by a quarter in May compared to the same month before the crisis.
Pobedo notes that his most frequented routes in May were the National Recreational Routes from Moscow to Kaliningrad, Krasnodar, Minerelnye Vody and Sochi.
Aeroflot transferred four more Boeing 737-800s to Pobeda to increase its fleet to 41 aircraft.