Ural Airlines, Vim-Avia and Yamal Airlines have asked the Federal Air Transport Service to authorize their flights from the recently opened Zhukovsky airport to a number of international destinations, Interfax newswire reports.
Yamal Airlines intends to operate regular flights to Europe (Vienna, Budapest, Munich and Plovdiv), Israel (Tel-Aviv) and the CIS (Baku, Tbilisi, Gyanja and Aktau). Ural Airlines is planning routes to Paris, Antalya, Burgas and Beijing, whereas VIM-Avia is looking for an opportunity to fly to Frankfurt-am-Main. Apart from that, all three carriers are aspiring to open service to Osh, Bishkek, Khudzhand and Dushanbe. Ural Airlines and Yamal are both considering Astana, Almaty and Prague.
Located to the southwest of Moscow, Zhukovsky International opened in May. Contrary to initial expectations, it did not receive the status of Moscow’s fourth airport, which impeded the airport’s first residents, Air Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan’s SCAT, to launch their services on time. No regular flights have been operated to or from the airport so far.
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