Russia and Turkey have agreed to designate third carriers to operate scheduled flights on the Moscow-Istanbul route with up to 7X-weekly frequencies.

According to the agreement, Turkey has designated Atlas Global Airlines; Aeroflot Airline’s low-cost subsidiary Pobeda Airline will be the new designated carrier from Russia.

Aeroflot operates Moscow Sheremetyevo-Istanbul Ataturk service, while UTair Aviation flies the Moscow Vnukovo-Istanbul Ataturk route.

Turkish Airlines performs Istanbul Ataturk-Moscow Vnukovo service and Pegasus Airlines operates Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen-Moscow Domodedovo service.

In November 2015, Russia banned charter flights to Turkeyas part of economic sanctions resulting from increased tensions between the two countries after the downing of a Russian fighter jet over Syria by Turkey. The ban was lifted in August 2016.

Polina Montag-Girmes