Investing.com – Russia has restored flights to Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Maldives following quarantine measures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This order was signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
There will be three flights a week from Russia to Egypt, and two flights to two other countries.
Also, the Cabinet has increased the frequency of flights with Switzerland from one to four flights per week. Flights to the country were resumed on August 15, but for now, persons with a residence permit or with a permit for long-term study or treatment can get there.
In addition, from August 1, Russians began flying to the UK, Turkey and Tanzania. The restriction on crossing the border with Abkhazia was also lifted.
On Thursday, September 3, Mishustin also ruled that Russians, whose relatives live abroad and need care, will be able to travel to them without restrictions. Reliefs are being introduced for foreigners – now they have the right to cross the border multiple times to take care of sick loved ones living in Russia.
On Wednesday, September 2, the Association of Air Transport Operators (AEVT) reported that the operating loss of 35 largest Russian airlines in the first half of the year exceeded 120 billion rubles. The organization attributed this to a decrease in traffic due to the pandemic, an increase in the price of kerosene and an increase in the exchange rate.
“At the same time, the tariffs of airlines on the most popular routes during this period have decreased by about 30%,” the association said (quoted by RBC).
In total, in the first half of 2020, 30.7 million air passengers were transported in Russia, which is 53.6% lower than in the same period last year (66.2 million people). The key drop occurred in the second quarter, when the number of passengers carried decreased from 38.1 million to 4.6 million.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 26 million people have been infected with the coronavirus in the world, according to the summary statistics of Johns Hopkins University for September 3. For a month in the world, another 8 million people fell ill with COVID-19: the mark of 18 million was registered on August 3. Most cases were found in the United States – 6.1 million, followed by Brazil and India with 3.9 million and 3.8 million, respectively. Russia ranks fourth in this indicator: 1 million people have been infected since the beginning of the pandemic.
(Text prepared by Yana Shebalina)