Flights from Russia skyrocket to £8,000 with thousands fleeing mobilisation

Scores of people queue to leave Russia, with flights out of Moscow costing over £8,000 (Picture: East2West / Flightradar24)

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Thousands of Russians have rushed to book extortionate tickets out of the country while they still can following Vladimir Putin’s ‘partial mobilisation’ announcement.

Flight tracker Flightradar24 posted a timelapse video showing a stream of one-way flights pouring out of Russia into Turkey, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates.

Following President Putin’s announcement that civilians were to be conscripted to go and fight in Ukraine, flights to countries which still offer visa-free travel to Russians sold out within hours, with prices skyrocketing.

Flights from Moscow to Dubai, which would have cost around £181 in January, have surged to more than £8,000 per seat.

A ticket to nearby Armenia will now cost the average Russian at least £1,000.

Data also showed that in the first few hours following Putin’s address to the nation, Google searches for ‘how to leave Russia’ became the highest-trending topic in the country.

Video emerged on Friday of a long line of vehicles stuck on a highway leading to Russia’s border with Kazakhstan.

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Source:: Metro


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