Russia announced recently that international flights between Moscow and Athens are set to resume from February 8.
This comes as a result of the recent reduction of the number of new positive coronavirus cases reported in Greece and the amelioration of the epidemiological situation in the country.
Russia Resumes Flights to Greece on a Reciprocal Basis
According to Russia’s TASS news agency, which quoted the country’s anti-coronavirus crisis center, the resumption of international flights to and from Greece is based on a reciprocal basis.
This means that Greek authorities will also have to approve the resumption of international flights to and from Russia in the coming days.
”Following discussion and given the epidemiological situation in certain countries, the crisis center has decided to resume international flights on a reciprocal basis with Greece,” the Russian state-run news agency noted in its report.
The flights are expected to be conducted twice a week and will connect Moscow and Athens with a non-stop route.
Russia to Resume More International Flights
The authorities of the Russian Federation also announced that another international route from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo – A.S. Pushkin International Airport will resume in the coming days and weeks.
The route between Russia and Singapore is also expected to commence its flights from February 8, 2021.
The popular Asian destination will be connected with Moscow’s airport three times a week.
Russian authorities had suspended all international flights in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some international flights gradually resumed their operation in the summer of 2020.
Russia now operates flights to certain countries, including the UK, Turkey, Egypt, South Korea, Switzerland, and Cuba. Greece is expected to join this list on February 8.
Greece’s Current Coronavirus Situation
Although Greece now records fewer coronavirus cases and deaths compared to November and December, the situation is far from ideal.
The country’s authorities announced a stricter lockdown for areas with an increased number of COVID cases, including Attica, where Athens is located, on Friday.
The new lockdown measures will apply to places considered “red zones,” where transmission of the coronavirus is high compared to the rest of the country and came in effect starting 6:00 AM on Saturday, January 30.
The Greek authorities designated many regions of the country as “red” zones on Saturday morning, when the measures came into effect.
These “red” areas of the country include the regions of Attica, Evia (Euboea), Boeotia, Rodopi, Lakonia, Magnesia, Santorini, Mykonos, Chalkidiki, Zakynthos (Zante), and areas of Achaea.