By Nigar Abbasova
Rosaviation, Russia’s Federal Air Transportation Agency, has lifted its temporary ban on flights to Turkey. The ban was earlier imposed to ensure safety after the failed military coup in Turkey.
The agency reported that it got necessary assurances over provision of sufficient security measures all over the country.
Aeroflot, national carrier of Russia, is expected to reopen the sale of airline tickets to Istanbul and Antalya from July 22.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Adjar, a tourism and culture manager in Antalya Resort, said that all necessary safety measures are totally ensured in Turkish resorts and Russian tourists may enjoy their vocations with no worry, Ria Novosti reported.
“Antalya is totally safe. There is no link with the attacks that hit Ankara and Istanbul. The state of emergency has no connection with day-to-day life and tourists. Security is fully ensured,” he added.
The July 15 coup attempt in Turkey has affected the tourism sector of the country and frightened certain number of potential visitors to the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a nationwide three-month state of emergency in the country.
Turkey that has long ago established its position as a top summer destination, attracting more than 37 million tourists per year, faced with certain problems. Foreign Offices of certain countries made travel warnings and suggested to reconsider travels to Turkey.
Nevertheless, Turkey still remains one of the must-see destinations due to high-quality and inexpensive vacation that the country offers to many international tourists as well as exceptional friendliness and hospitality of the Turkish people.
Currently, the government is taking steps to provide high level security across the country.
Turkish ambassador to Azerbaijan Ismayil Alper Coskun earlier said that the state of emergency declared in Turkey would not constrain the freedom of Turkish or foreign citizens, and won’t create any obstacles to their travels.
At least 246 people, including members of the security forces and civilians, were martyred during the failed putsch, and over 1,500 others were wounded as they protested it. Turkey's government has said the attempted coup was organized by Fethullah Gulen.
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