UTair launches new route to Uzbekistan from Moscow Vnukovo Airport
UTair launched two new international routes out of its hub at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO). From the Russian capital airport, where UTair is the largest carrier, the airline now flies to three airports in Uzbekistan, having complemented its route to the country capital Tashkent with new services to Samarkand (SKD) three times weekly from 16 August and weekly services to Bukhara (BHK) from 20 August. Both new routes are operated with 159-seat 737-800 aircraft. Although the airline faces no direct competition on either route, several airlines operate indirectly competing services at Moscow Domodedovo. On the Samarkand route, competition comes from Uzbekistan Airways five times weekly, twice-weekly on Moskovia Airlines and a weekly service on VIM Airlines, while the Bukhara route competes with Uzbekistan Airways’ four weekly flights as well as a weekly service on Transaero.