Flights from Russia are rising in price, are still sold out after Putin orders

The price of one-way air tickets from Russia soared on Wednesday after President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster Moscow’s forces in Ukraine.

The price of a one-way economy class flight from Moscow to Istanbul or Dubai rose as much as 561,730 rubles ($9,119) in the hours following Putin’s announcement, according to NPR. However, tickets are sold out for this week, according to a flight schedule from Aeroflot, Russia’s national airline.

Direct flights to other visa-free destinations, including Yerevan in Armenia and Almaty in Kazakhstan, have also either sold out for the next few days or their prices have skyrocketed.

Tickets for routes with stopovers such as Moscow to Tbilisi, Georgia were also sold out. One-way fares from Moscow to Turkey shot up to over 163,000 rubles ($2,648). In comparison, the price of a direct flight from Russia to Turkey was just over 22,000 rubles ($357), according to Google Flights data.

The surge in demand for flights from Russia comes after Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of citizens for the war in Ukraine on Wednesday morning. The president said Russians with military experience could also be subject to conscription.

“Today, our armed forces operate on the more than 1,000-kilometer line of contact and face not only neo-Nazi units, but actually the entire war machine of the collective West,” Putin said in his speech, which was transcribed by Mediazona.

“With this in mind, I feel it is necessary to make the following decision, which is entirely appropriate given the threats we face. Namely, in order to protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to ensure the security of our people and people in the liberated areas, I consider it necessary to support the proposal of the Ministry of Defense and the General Staff to conduct partial mobilization in the Russian Federation .”

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu later added that Moscow would initially call up 300,000 reservists. He reiterated that only those with combat and service experience will be mobilized.

Almost immediately after the announcement, men across Russia – most of them reservists under the age of 35 – received notices. Other men had their IDs checked on the street and were asked to show up for a health check, the Washington Post first reported.

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