Russian tour operators are positive about the creation of a new airline, which will deal with transportation in the South and Central part of Russia. According to them, this will reduce the cost of packaged tours for residents of the regions, will eliminate the need for them unnecessary in the direct flights will increase competition in the airline industry.
The fact of the creation of the new carrier announced recently by transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, who said that “the project will be more interesting for regional airports, which aims to develop horizontal links among themselves, not tightening all the threads in the overloaded Moscow aviation hub”. According to Interfax, Mr. Sokolov said that the new airline as a legal entity has been established and is now in the process of obtaining appropriate certification and licenses for commercial traffic.
According to media reports, the project is called “azimuth”.
In the Navy the new carrier will be the Sukhoi Superjet 100.
“It is planned to 10 of the Sukhoi Superjet 100, and based on the cost of the aircraft, the volume of investments including personnel, necessary auxiliary equipment can be up to $ 300 million,” said Mr. Sokolov.
According to Russian tour operators, the emergence of the new carrier would be welcome.
“I think this airline will be interesting for the regional direct transport to Sochi, Gelendzhik and Anapa, without connections and transfers in Moscow or Saint Petersburg. In this case, the regions more actively will fly to our South, and the cost of package tours reduced, and thus, they will become more accessible and more attractive,” analyzes the situation Semyon Livshits, the Deputy Director of the Russia and CIS tour operator “Russian Express”.
Dmitry Sharov, the General Director of “multitur” said that additional flights to the South of Russia from the regions will come in handy, “if it will primarily lead to lower prices and bargains, regardless of the owners and shareholders of the company.”
Another one of the industry representatives stated that most likely the new carrier will enter the market before the start of the summer season 2017.
“The project has good support of the Federal center, so delays in issuance of required documents should not be. The Ministry of transport is interested in the development of flight network on the resorts of Krasnodar region, and it is logical to enter these routes before the start of the high season. Tariffs should be affordable to residents of regions, it is important not to lose competition rail”, — noted the expert.