Russia’s Rostec corporation announces serial commercial production of the new MC-21 passenger jets will begin in 2020.
News from the budget airline “Victory” (Pobeda by Aeroflot) tell of coming flights operating between Kutaisi in Georgia and Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia. Beginning in September, the airline intends starting regular flights via five Russian airlines.
Beginning February 1st “EgyptAir” will launch direct flights between Moscow and Cairo three times a week, according to the air carrier.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed last week the situation with regard to Russian tourists once again visiting Egyptian and Turkish resorts. Mr. Putin spoke in an annual Q&A session before the Russian people, saying no good solution has been found for ensuring security of Russian tourists in Egypt.
Tour operator “Biblio Globus” has just signed a deal with “Russia” airlines for the use of 13 aircraft under contract until 2018. With Russia set as a priority destination for the company, “Biblio Globus” announced an extensive flight program for Krasnodar and the Crimea as well.
Ural Airlines will now make regular flights from Krasnodar to Barcelona, according to the news from the Federal Air Transport Agency.
Currently the largest air hub in Russia and Eastern Europe by passenger traffic, Moscow Domodedovo Airport has will now add additional capacity. A contract to build a second segment for passenger departures and arrivals is slated to be completed by 2016 according to the news.
Aeroflot (Moscow Exchange ticker: AFLT) announces that Dobrolet, its wholly owned low-cost carrier subsidiary, has completed its first commercial flight from Moscow to Simferopol.
According to reports from Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into effect travel promotional legislation including dropping the VAT tax on air travel starting June 1, 2014. Currently the VAT for air travel in Russia is 18%, according to the Voice of Russia.
Etihad Airways’ non-stop services to Moscow were the topic of a press release by the UAE flag carrier last Monday.
According to news from easyJet, the low cost airline will begin operating flights between London and Moscow starting early next year. Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority having granted the license to EasyJet in preference to Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic, officials cite EasyJet fare benefits as the reason.
Yesterday we focused on Russia’s leading online travel agency Oktogo.ru, and now today we here news of another Russian travel startup that’s looking to make its mark on the country’s virgin online tourism industry ahead of the expected influx of foreign visitors for Sochi 2014.