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Russian and Japanese tour operators and tourism authorities are joining efforts to increase the number of yearly visits to the Southern Kuril Islands of Kunashir and Iturup, BigAsia.ru reported citing the Russian Federal Tourism Agency (Rosturizm). At a meeting on Thursday, the two sides discussed boosting the number of tourists...
After Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev saw Heathrow airport in London, he decided to build the same in Moscow. Russia Beyond put together some key moments in the history of Russia’s largest airport. On August 11, 1959, the first Tu-104 with passengers from Leningrad arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The following...
Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) celebrates its 60th anniversary on Sunday. Built as the main airdrome of the Soviet Air Force, it was later transformed into a civil airport, and handled its first commercial flight – a Tupolev 104 service from Leningrad – on August 11, 1959. Today, the airport handles...
Around 200 Russian holidaymakers were stranded at airports in Bulgaria’s summer resorts of Varna and Burgas over the weekend due to problems with airline Bulgaria Air, Dnevnik.bg reported citing Russia’s Honorary Consul in Burgas Tonko Fotev. "Due to problems with planes, the Bulgaria Air carrier altered the schedule of flights...
Sheremetyevo International Airport in the Moscow Region is recognized as the best global air harbor in the rating prepared by the UK-based Stasher, the luggage service provider, TASS reports. Sheremetyevo ranks first in the airport rating with 6.50 points earned across eight individual indicators. The Moscow airport turned out to...
The Finish Embassy and consulates in Russia will no longer provide Russian citizens with facilities when applying for a short-term visa to the Schengen Area, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, according to Vedomosti. “As of 1 September 2019, the Embassy of Finland in Moscow, Finland’s Consulate General in...
Visa-free travel for Russian citizens in Taiwan has been prolonged until July 31, 2020, TASS news agency reported citing authorities. Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed to the news agency that the experiment to provide visa-free travel for citizens of Russia, as well as Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines will be...
Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) held its own ‘Belgium Day’ last month complete with waffles and, of course, a Smurf as the gateway celebrated the launch of Brussels Airlines’ new service to the gateway, Airport World reported. Indeed, the first flight was served by an ‘Aerosmurf,’ a unique plane with a...
The Russian government has ambitious plans to invest around $1.6 billion in the next few years to attract more tourists and become one of the world's top 10 travel destinations. The latest incentives include eased visa restrictions and tours off the beaten track, AFP writes. Nearly 25 million tourists visited...
The largest airport in Russia, Moscow’s Sheremetyevo, has summed up its operating results for June and the first half of 2019, which show the airport served over 23 million passengers in the first half of this year, International Airport Review reported.  Total passenger traffic in the first six months of...