Aeroflot’s scheduling to Vilnius Airport is a selling-point. The Lithuanian capital airport’s Managing Director Tomas Vaišvila commented the late evening arrival and early morning departure: “Passengers from Vilnius Airport to Moscow can already choose one out of 25 direct flights per week, whereas the new Aeroflot’s route is convenient for people travelling on business purposes – the time of departure and arrival enables passengers to spend the entire business day in Moscow and to return to Lithuania in the evening.”
- Aeroflot launched five new routes out of its Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO) hub on 25 March; two domestic, two to regional destinations in the Ukraine and one to Lithuania’s capital. Each route operates daily with the Russian national carrier’s 87-seat Sukhoi Superjet aircraft. Domestically, the SkyTeam member now flies to Nizhnekamsk (NBC) and Orenburg (REN) east of the capital. Although there is no direct competition on the routes, Ak Bars Aero and UTair each operate twice-daily from Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports, while Orenair and S7 serve Domodedovo thrice-daily and daily respectively. In the Ukraine, Aeroflot now operates to Dniepropetrovsk (DNK) and Donetsk (DOK), competing with Aerosvit’s each twice-daily operations on the same routes. The flights to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius (VNO) resume Aeroflot’s operations to the city, which it last served nine years ago. Indirect competition comes from UTair’s twice-daily flights from Vnukovo and Transaero’s four weekly flights from Domodedovo.