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George Russell in Hong Kong

Russia will permit the enlargement of worldwide flights from subsequent month, as Vladimir Putin, the nation’s president, insisted the pandemic was “receding”.

Aeroflot plans to renew three-times-a-week connections with Singapore and twice-weekly flights to and from Athens from February 8.

Russia may even resume worldwide flights from eight extra cities on the identical day.

Airways will probably be permitted to fly internationally from Astrakhan, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm and Khabarovsk.

The strikes come as Mr Putin advised a cupboard assembly on Thursday that the coronavirus risk is slowly ebbing, with the r quantity at a file low. “The pandemic is steadily receding,” he stated.

Russians queue for vaccinations in Moscow’s GUM division retailer

The president stated the variety of instances goes down in Russia, whereas the variety of recoveries “has been steadily above the an infection numbers recently”.

Since March 2020, when Russia suspended worldwide flights, airways have flown solely from airports in Moscow and St Petersburg.

Airways have steadily resumed routes since July 2020. Flights to Finland resumed on Thursday, becoming a member of current routes to and from the UK, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Switzerland, Serbia, Japan, Maldives and Cuba.

Russia’s fundamental service, Aeroflot Group, carried 30.2m passengers in 2020, fewer than half the 60.7m flown the earlier 12 months.