Rich Russians continued to travel

The Middle East and Turkey have seen a rise in air traffic from Russia by not banning flights in response to its war in Ukraine

Feb 24, 2023

Seat capacity between Russia and the Middle East was 27% greater than it was in the equivalent period before the pandemic and Turkey by 26%, according to flight data firm ForwardKeys.

By comparison, numbers were 99% down to the EU and UK, 92% to North America, 87% to Asia Pacific, 76% to Africa and the rest of the Americas and 20% less to the rest of Europe due to sanctions and a ban on direct flights from Russia.

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