Vladimir Putin’s Military Call Up Sparks Rush To Buy Flights Out

Direct flights to towns in the neighbouring ex-Soviet nations of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan were completely booked for Wednesday due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The statistics from airlines and travel agencies indicated on Wednesday that flights out of Russia were practically full this week after President Vladimir Putin implemented a partial draught of reservists to fight in Ukraine.
After Putin threatened to employ all military means against Ukraine in a televised address, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu indicated Wednesday that Russia will first mobilise approximately 300,000 reservists.

Wednesday direct flights to cities in the neighbouring ex-Soviet republics of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kazakhstan were all sold out, according to the popular Russian travel website Aviasales.

Meanwhile, on their website, Turkish Airlines noted that all flights to Istanbul, which has emerged as a major hub for travellers going to and from Russia, were booked solid until Saturday.

There is an AirSerbia flight scheduled to arrive in Belgrade on September 26.

After Putin’s prerecorded television address began at 0600 GMT on Wednesday, searches for “tickets” and “aircraft” more than quadrupled in Russia.

According to Google Trends, the query “to leave Russia” was performed 100 times more frequently in the morning than at other times of the day.

After Putin declared what the Kremlin is calling Moscow’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, flights between Russia and the European Union were grounded.

At the outbreak of hostilities, many Russians fled to neighbouring countries out of fear that martial law would be instituted.

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