The aviation authorities of Russia and Turkey have consented to tap a third designated carrier each to fly the route connecting Moscow and the Turkish resort destination of Antalya.
This development brings the total frequency for this particular route to seven flights each week.
Russian travelers prefer traveling to Turkey. Proof of this is right before the 2015 ban on charter flights to that country, the Moscow-Antalya route ranked first in terms of traffic among all foreign destinations from Russia.
Charter services resumed in September 2016. This affected the volume of traffic between Moscow and Antalya and propelled the route to the 17th position.
Turkish Airlines is one of the leading operators serving the Moscow-Antalya route. Mefail Deribash, the Head of the airline’s office in Russia, believes traffic would spike in the summer season of 2018.
To keep up with the upcoming demand, the carrier plans to deploy five new widebody aircrafts on the route, which would fly twice daily between the two cities. The carrier flies out of Moscow’s Vnukovo, producing 10% of the airport’s entire passenger traffic.
Russian LCC Pobeda Airlines started flying to Gazipasha aiport, which is located 170 km away from Antalya and 42 km away from Alanya, yet another prominent Turkish beach resort.
A third carrier from each side was tapped on the Moscow-Istanbul route in July 2017. In March this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested introducing an open skies regime between the two countries.