Russian, UK airlines plan Goa flights as India opens up to foreign tourists

Goa will receive charter flights from Russia and the United Kingdom from November as India opens the door to foreign tourists. While travel agents from Goa said TUI Airways flights from the UK are expected from the first week of November, the airline said operations will start from December 13.

“We’re operating to Goa from December 13. However, this is still under review pending government advice,” a TUI spokesperson said in an email response.

Flights from Russia are expected to start from mid-November. Russia is the biggest source market for Goa tourism and in pre-Covid times the state would receive four to five daily flights from Russia during the winter months.

“So far only Rossiya Airlines has received permission from the Russian government for two weekly flights to Goa. Other companies have made applications, too. The DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) is yet to approve the Rossiya Airlines flights and the schedule will be finalised once approvals are in place,” said Abida Kumar, vice-president (operations) of Minar Travels, which handles groups from Russia.

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