After eight months of crisis, first Russia tourist flight lands in Turkey

Sunday 03/07/2016
Tourism has taken hit with Russian travel ban

ISTANBUL (Turkey) - The first Russian charter flight carrying tourists to Turkey since a diplomatic crisis erupted eight months ago landed on Saturday in the Turkish resort of Antalya, NTV television said.

The plane carrying 189 tourists landed at Antalya's international airport after President Vladimir Putin last month officially lifted restrictions on tourism to Turkey following the resolving of a crisis sparked by Ankara's shooting-down of a Russian war plane in November.

Turkey's Anadolu Agency says airport officials greeted the passengers with flowers and a cocktail party after the Rossiya Airlines flight from Moscow landed Saturday morning.

Relations were strained after Turkey downed a Russian jet in November 2015.

Russia responded with economic sanctions, including a ban on travel packages to Turkey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted the ban on travel sales after receiving a letter of apology from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month.

Tourism in Turkey has taken a hit with the Russian travel ban and a string of deadly suicide bombings targeting tourism sites.