Lifted Charter Flight Ban Leads to 60,000 Russian Tourists Arriving to Turkey

© Sputnik / Alexei Danichev / Go to the photo bankTourists take a bath in a warm mineral water in the ancient city of Hierapolis built in the 2nd century BC and located 17 km off the city of Denizli, Turkey
Tourists take a bath in a warm mineral water in the ancient city of Hierapolis built in the 2nd century BC and located 17 km off the city of Denizli, Turkey - Sputnik International
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that after the charter flight ban from Russia was lifted, 60,000 Russian tourists have arrived to Turkey.

Part of the resort area to the east of Antalya just after take off from Antalya Airport - Sputnik International
Turkey's Antalya Ready For 7Mln Tourists Once Ties With Russia Fully Restored
ANKARA (Sputnik) — A total of 60,000 Russian tourists visited Turkey since a ban on charter flights was lifted earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

Erdogan thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the G20 summit on September 3 for restarting charter flights between the countries. The Russian government decree signed into law on August 28 went into force six days later.

"After the charter flight ban from Russia was lifted, 60,000 Russian tourists have arrived here. We have high hopes for a further increase in the tourist flow from Russia," Erdogan said at a meeting with regional administration leaders in Ankara.

Turkey faced a slump in the number of tourists coming to its resort destinations in 2016 after the Russian government imposed ban on charter flights to Turkey and selling tour packages to the country over the downing of a Russian aircraft by a Turkish jet last fall.

Turkish airport employees welcome Russian tourists after arriving on a charter flight on July 9, 2016 at an airport in Antalya - Sputnik International
Resumption of Russian Charter Flights Offers Hope to Turkish Tourism Industry
Turkey and Russia ended seven months of tension in late June when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin in which he apologized for the downing of the Su-24 attack aircraft over Syria and extended his condolences to the family of the pilot killed in the incident.

Turkey's tourism sector also suffered a considerable decline fall in the number of European tourists after the country was hit by a series of deadly terrorist attacks, including in its capital Ankara and the largest city of Istanbul.

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