The impact of international politics on the aviation industry is often immediately visible. In the most recent update, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin heated up international politics by calling for mobilization, tickets for one-way international flights out of Russia quickly sold out, and ticket prices have since increased significantly. Based on multiple media reports, Russians fear that the president may impose martial law in the country and, as an effect, youth of war age will be prevented from leaving the country. The potential panic has led to a panic in the sale of flight tickets.
A recent increase in the number of flights out of Russia was recorded by FlightRadar24. According to Reuters, Google Trends data revealed an increase in searches for Aviasales, Russia’s most used website for flight bookings.
Flights are leaving from Moscow and St. Petersburg today. The @ap International flights departing from Russia have either sold out or skyrocketed in price after Putin announced the consolidation of reserves.
AFP reported on Wednesday that data from airlines and travel agencies indicated that flights out of Russia were almost fully booked this week. Since Putin launched Moscow’s “special military action” in Ukraine, flights between Russia and the EU have been grounded. In a significant escalation of his aggression in Ukraine, Putin yesterday authorized a “partial mobilization” calling for 300,000 reservists.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial demobilization in his country on Wednesday as the Ukraine conflict has dragged on for nearly seven months and Moscow is losing momentum there. Putin issued a warning to the West that “this is not a hoax” and that Russia would use all available methods to protect its borders. According to officials, a total of 300,000 reserve members were drafted during the partial mobilization.
A day after the Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine announced preparations to hold elections on joining Russia, the Russian president gave a televised address to the country. The initiative to engulf the four Kremlin-backed districts could pave the way for Moscow to intensify the conflict once Ukraine achieves its goal.