Crisis in Ukraine: 9 Moscow-Antalya flights take off in quick succession with Turkish Airlines

LONDON – In the early hours of the morning, nine Turkish Airlines flights operating the Moscow-Antalya rotation took off in quick succession.

It remains clear that Turkey continues to benefit from Russian tourism, as the choice of destinations for these consumers remains limited in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.

It is clear that the summer 2022 season also benefits a carrier like Turkish Airlines, which has been able to capitalize on these Western sanctions imposed on Russian travelers.

However, looking at past data on, the same thing happened in the early hours of August 20, which means it could be more normal.

Turkish Airlines benefits?

Assuming the Airbus A321s they use are the most configured CEO variants, around 188 seats, that’s around 1,692 passengers on nine daily flights.

This would translate to approximately 11,844 passengers each week, which represents high demand for Turkish if all flights are fully booked.

With other European carriers unable to reap such tourism benefits, this is where Turkish Airlines is in a good position due to its relationship with Russia.

As mentioned in a previous AviationSource article, the Turkish government has announced that it will welcome new airlines and new tourists to the region.

It also amounted to loans valued at around £240m, all despite ongoing NATO and Western sanctions.

As nations prepare to gain a major stake in Europe’s upcoming summer vacationers, Turkey has seized the opportunity to attract Russian vacationers who are banned from other parts of Europe.

Indeed, the Turkish government rolled out the red carpet for Russia and allowed some economic stimulus to head in their direction as a result.

Such stimulation is needed on the Russian side as the sanctions are starting to bite.

As mentioned by Boycott Russia, Turkish Airlines will allocate 25 additional aircraft for Russian flights and increase frequencies to 300 flights per week, offering around 1.5 million seats in terms of capacity.


It remains clear that Turkish Airlines’ strategy towards Russia is working. The fact that none of the frequencies have been downgraded shows the high demand.

Turkey’s ability to welcome economic stimuli from the West and Russia makes them smart in reaping such benefits on the tourism front.

Looking ahead, it will be interesting to see how long this can last, especially with the country criticized by the West for aiding Russia during the Ukraine crisis.

Christi C. Elwood