Russia’s Azur Air is to expand its network in the coming winter season

Azur Air The leisure airline to operate flights from 40 Russian cities to 15 international holiday destinations (Azur Air)

Azur Air, Russia’s largest charter airline, is expanding its network in the upcoming IATA 2019/2020 winter schedule in late October. The airline has also announced plans to increase the number of flights to selected existing destinations. Overall this winter season, Azur Air will operate flights from 40 Russian cities to 15 international holiday destinations.

The network expansion includes new flights to Dubai’s Al Maktoum airport from Arkhangelsk, Belgorod and Kaliningrad; to Vietnam’s Phú Quốc from Kemerovo, Blagoveshensk and Vladivostok; and to Phuket (Thailand) from Chelyabinsk. The airline is also to start serving Colombo from St Petersburg, in addition to the previously-launched Moscow and Yekaterinburg flights to the largest Sri Lankan city.

Apart from the new destinations, Azur Air is planning to increase frequency on its most popular routes. For example, the volume of flights from Moscow to Cam Ranh (Vietnam) will increase by 13 per cent and on this route Azur Air will operate a bigger Boeing 777-300ER instead of the Boeing 767-300 which served this destination last year. Flights to Cuba’s Varadero will increase by more than 80 per cent this winter season.

In the first seven months of 2019, the airline carried more than three million passengers, up 31.3 per cent year-on-year, according to Rosaviatsia, Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency.

Azur Air currently operates a fleet of 29 aircraft, including four Boeing 777-300ERs, eleven Boeing 767-300s, eight Boeing 757-200s, four Boeing 737-800s and two Boeing 737-900ERs. By the end of this year the Russian leisure carrier, which operates flights on behalf of the Turkey-backed Anex Tour travel company, is planning to have 31 aircraft in an all-Boeing fleet.

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