Russia is all set to resume flights to India, Vietnam, Qatar and Finland on January 27, 2021, with a number of flights per week, the Russian anti-coronavirus crisis center informed reporters on Saturday according to TASS Russian News Agency.
“After discussing and taking into consideration the epidemiological situation in certain countries, the crisis center took a decision to resume reciprocal international air communication starting on January 27, 2021 with the following states, namely India (Moscow-New Delhi, twice a week), Vietnam (Moscow-Hanoi, twice a week), Qatar (Moscow-Doha, twice a week), and Finland (Moscow-Helsinki, twice a week, as well as St. Petersburg-Helsinki, twice a week).” the center informed.
All passenger flights between India and Russia had been grounded since mid of March 2020 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in both the countries. Since then only repatriation flights were flying between India and Russia.
Goa has been a popular tourist destination among Russians. Since October 2020, Goan Tourism Associations have been requesting the Indian government to open the airline services with some European nations including Russia. The current decision of Russian and Indian administration to resume airline services between India and Russia is expected to boost the tourism sector in both the countries in upcoming months.