Flights from Russia sell out after Putin mobilization announcement

Flights from Russia sell out after Putin mobilization announcement

Flights from Russia have exploded in price – and are selling out – following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech on Wednesday in which he called for a partial mobilization of troops to fight in the war against Ukraine.

Putin said the decree was aimed at trained and experienced reservists. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the partial mobilization would deploy an additional 300,000 troops, but would not affect students and currently enlisted soldiers.

But the rules of who is covered or not are pretty hazy, and there are reports on social media of people across Russia receiving appeal notices. As a result, many Russians head for the exits.

Direct flights from Moscow to countries that do not require visas to enter – including Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia – sold out until at least Friday, according to Russian outlet RBC.

On the Turkish Airlines website, direct flights from Moscow to Istanbul are fully booked until Friday. A Saturday ticket for the four-and-a-half-hour flight costs 173,000 rubles (€2,870). Before Putin’s announcement, a one-way ticket cost around €350.

Russian carriers Aeroflot and S7 are not imposing any restrictions on the sale of their tickets following the announcement, according to telegram channel Aviatorism, citing the companies.


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