Aeroflot reveals its new Krasnoyarsk regional direct flights network

Aeroflot Siberian hub has a challenging plan that projects up to one million additional passengers served there by the Aeroflot Group annually by 2023 (KJA)

Russian state-run airline Aeroflot has revealed its flight programme out of Krasnoyarsk, the carrier’s first hub to be established beyond Moscow. The country’s leading carrier has already started selling tickets on seven routes out of its future Siberian hub, to be launched in the IATA Summer season 2020, including direct domestic flights to Sochi, Irkutsk, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Simferopol, Yekaterinburg and Tomsk. The move will affect at least seven other Russian airlines, with NordStar expected to be the hardest hit. Six of these seven new Aeroflot routes are already served by other Russian carriers, including NordStar, the airline that has one of its bases at Krasnoyarsk (IATA code: KJA), and four of the destinations are currently also served by three or more rival carriers.

Apart from the seven destinations that are currently on sale, Aeroflot’s schedule also shows direct flights to Igarka and Norilsk, as well as an international service to Beijing from Krasnoyarsk also starting in the next IATA summer season. However, ticket sales on these particular routes have not yet opened.

A collective agreement regarding the development of the international and domestic hub credentials at Krasnoyarsk was signed between the administration of the region, Aeroflot and Krasnoyarsk Airport itself on March 29. Aeroflot’s Siberian hub has a challenging plan that projects up to one million additional passengers served there by the Aeroflot Group annually by 2023.

With a population of some one million, Krasnoyarsk is the third-largest city in Siberia, and was chosen because of its pivotal geographic location which particularly favours the generation of additional transit traffic flows from Asia to Europe, with China its most dynamic potential growth region. Also, the airport has recently been renovated.

Russia’s flag-carrier airline will reportedly base its mid-haul Boeing 737-800s, as well as Russian-built Superjet 100 regional jets at Krasnoyarsk to operate these routes. Rossiya Airlines, Russia’s third largest carrier and a member of Aeroflot Group, will transfer three B737-800s to Aeroflot to support the launch of operations from its future regional hub.

In November 2018, Aeroflot’s board of directors approved a new ‘100 by 100’ development strategy – a reference to its target of 100 million passengers by the airline’s 100th anniversary in 2023 – that called for the creation of an new international hub at Krasnoyarsk.

by Ivan Volodin

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