The sanctions imposed by the West have made it very difficult to fly from Russia to other countries around the world, but different scenarios are being used to solve the problem, and not just by Russia itself. For example, Turkey is creating a separate company that will transport Russian tourists to local resorts. It was named Southwind. Earlier the application for the creation of the airline was accepted by the General Directorate of Civil Aviation of Turkey.
In early April, the Sabah newspaper reported that Turkish authorities were planning to implement a three-step roadmap to attract tourists from Russia in 2022. One of the points was the creation of a new airline company, which would be involved in the transportation of up to 1 million Russian tourists. Southwind is expected to operate five Airbus planes – three wide-body and two narrow-body – in the first phase. The new Turkish airline, potentially very popular in Russia, will start operating at the end of May.