Russians rush for flights out amid partial reservist call-up
Added 09-21-22 10:07:01am EST - “Flights filled up and ticket prices sky-rocketed, apparently driven by fears that Russia's borders could close or that a broader call-up might send many Russian men to the war's front lines.” - Npr.org
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Passengers from the Moscow-Belgrade flight, operated by Air Serbia, pass through the airport in Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday. Darko Vojinovic/AP hide caption
Passengers from the Moscow-Belgrade flight, operated by Air Serbia, pass through the airport in Belgrade, Serbia, on Wednesday.
BELGRADE, Serbia — Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine.
Flights filled up quickly and the prices of tickets for remaining connections sky-rocketed, apparently driven by fears that Russia's borders could soon close or of a broader call-up that might send many Russian men of fighting age to the war's front lines.
Tickets for the Moscow-Belgrade flights operated by Air Serbia, the only European carrier besides Turkish Airlines to maintain flights to Russia despite a European Union flight embargo, sold out for the next several days. The price for flights from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai increased within minutes before jumping again, reaching as high as 9,200 euros ($9,119) for a one-way economy class fare.
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