Russian operators are restarting international services after the government started clearing restoration of links with countries including Turkey, the UK and Tanzania.

Aeroflot is re-opening its links from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Istanbul and London Heathrow on 1 August, both routes being served by Boeing 777s.

Aeroflot’s budget sister carrier Pobeda is similarly scheduled to fly to Istanbul from Moscow Vnukovo on 1 August, while Turkish Airlines will fly to Vnukovo, as well as to St Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don, over the next three days.

Turkish carrier Pegasus Airlines is scheduled to operate Istanbul-Moscow Domodedovo on 1 August.

Services to Turkey will be “significantly increased” from 10 August, says Russian federal air transport regulator Rosaviatsia.

Aeroflot will expand to the resort of Antalya, while S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Nordwind, Azur Air, Rossiya, and others are all planning to open connections.

While domestic passenger numbers on Russian operators in June reached 2.8 million – still 60% down on the previous year – they barely registered any international activity.

Rosaviatsia recorded little more than 40,000 international passengers during the month, around three-quarters of which were travelling between Russia and countries outside of the CIS.