Sochi’s Mayor, Anatoliy Pakhomov, submitted a proposal recently to freeze all air and rail ticket prices to Sochi until after the Olympics. Fearing the negative impact of potentially skyrocketed prices for the games, the freeze is suggested simply for the times surrounding the 2014 Olympics.
As of now a compartment ticket aboard train from Moscow to Sochi runs about 10,000 rubles ($325 US), and a one way flight will cost slightly more than this by next March, according to the mayor. Pakhomov, who won his mayor ship by the widest of possible margins in 2009, has been charged with running maybe the fastest growing city in the world. In other news from Sochi on Monday, Pakhomov told reporters that his city would be ready to host Formula One (F1) events in 2014 as planned.
Meanwhile the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concluded after their most recent official visit that Sochi is fully 85 percent done with preparations for the coming Olympic Games. Over the past couple of months Sochi has also played host for some 42 test events, and 50,000 fans of the sports as well. Pakhomov, an avid supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to transform Russia into a world sports Mecca of sorts, has fended off all criticisms in what looks to be one of the most successful mayoral administrations in Russia.