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George Russell in Hong Kong

Russia will permit the growth 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 also resume worldwide flights from eight extra cities on the identical day.

Airways will likely 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 menace is slowly ebbing, with the r quantity at a file low. “The pandemic is step by step receding,” he mentioned.

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

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

Airways have step by step 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 essential service, Aeroflot Group, carried 30.2m passengers in 2020, fewer than half the 60.7m flown the earlier 12 months.