26th Moscow International Travel & Tourism Exhibition
12–14 March 2019 • Expocentre, Moscow

Russian aviation: the latest air travel developments

With Biletix.ru reporting sales of air tickets increasing 13% in September – October and early bookings for the New Year period rising 17% compared to last year, it’s safe to say Russians have not lost their appetite for travel.
Russian aviation: the latest air travel developments
“Growth has continued throughout the summer and autumn and judging by the volume of air tickets already sold for the New Year holidays, we’re also expecting higher results than last year over the winter period. Our sales are returning to pre-crisis levels,” explained Alexander Sizintsev, General Director, Biletix.ru.

So, what’s on the horizon for air travel in the upcoming winter period?

Despite Russia’s VIM Airlines ceasing its activities from October 2017, results for many companies have been strong and air travel continues to grow. Here are the latest new flight routes set to enter the Russian market and supply its growing demand.

-          UTair will launch its first regular flight programme to Italy on 7 December with flights from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport to Milan. 

-          After commencing its Moscow – Paphos route on 29 October, Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air plans to launch a connection between Moscow and Larnaca by the end of the year.

-          Ural Airlines will be expanding its services to Europe with flights between Moscow – Geneva from 29 November, Moscow – Warsaw from 27 December, and Moscow – Munich from 30 December.

-          Flights to the Arab Peninsular are also on the increase with Azur Air having launched a Moscow – Abu Dhabi service on 27 October, and Qatar Airways starting St. Petersburg – Doha from 19 December. Flydubai has also launched services to Makhachkala, Voronezh, resumed services to Ufa, and announced the launch of daily flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo from 29 November.

"The growth of air transportation this year compensates for last year’s losses, and is posing great opportunities and challenges. The domestic tourism market has seen a 30% rise and outbound – a 35% rise,” commented Dmitry Gorin, Rosturizm at the Online Travel 3.0 conference at the end of October.

Tour operators TUI have announced plans to acquire their own aircraft following VIM Airlines exiting the market, while Coral Travel will be expanding its Royal Flight fleet.