Nordwind Airlines announced the launch of direct scheduled flights to the Far East at the end of May.
As Profi.Travel reported on February 9 at the airline’s press service, flights are planned both from the central part of Russia to the Far East and from there to the Krasnodar Territory. Flights from Moscow to Vladivostok will start from May 31 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A day later, a similar program will begin from St. Petersburg with a frequency of twice a week. Residents of Khabarovsk will be able to go to the capital of the country from April 24 every day, except Thursday, and to the northern capital – from April 26 on Mondays and Thursdays.
Flights from Vladivostok and Khabarovsk to Sochi from May 31, as well as from Khabarovsk to Krasnodar from the end of April, are designed to meet the demand for recreation on the Black Sea of residents of the most remote region of Russia. It is planned to carry out two flights a week for each of these directions.
The tour operator Pegas Turistik, with which Nordwind is affiliated, and which recently announced its reorientation to domestic tourism, has confirmed that it will use these flights to send tourists. We are talking about both tours from Moscow and St. Petersburg to the Far East, and in the opposite direction, as well as to Sochi and Krasnodar.
“For each of the new directions of our key partner, we form a corresponding tourist product, and not only to the cities of arrival. For example, these are tours both to Sochi and the Far East, as well as to Moscow and St. Petersburg. A similar scheme works perfectly on the recently opened Kaliningrad-Kazan flight, on which Kaliningraders fly to the capital of Tatarstan, and Kazan residents fly to Kaliningrad. As for the prices, the purchase of a complex tourist product is always cheaper than the same services separately, “she stressed General Director of “Pegas Tourist” Anna Podgornaya…
Other carriers and tour operators are in no hurry to compete with Nordwind Airlines and Pegasus Turistik.
Recall that last year ANEX Tour tried to gain a foothold on the Vladivostok-Sochi and Moscow-Vladivostok routes, but in the end one program was canceled due to low workload, and the second did not take place. The company limited itself to only a few New Year’s flights in winter. As explained in the press service of the tour operator, there are no plans for summer charters in the Far Eastern Federal District this year.
In addition, flights from the Far East to Sochi and Crimea were operated by Rossiya Airlines last summer, which also curtailed the program at the end of July. As observers suggest, this was done to transfer planes to the opening Turkish direction.
“In 2021, a decision on this issue has not yet been made,” explained Profi.Travel press secretary of the carrier Sergey Starikov… “The summer schedule for domestic routes will be formed later in cooperation with the strategic partner Biblio-Globus based on the availability of foreign resorts.”
Observers do not rule out that new flights may appear as soon as there is clarity with subsidized charters. Head of Rostourism Zarina Doguzova believes that the main obstacle to the development of tourism in the Far East remains the high cost of the flight, which can be reduced both by subsidies and by the cashback program, the third stage of which is planned for February.
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