On 2 November Nordwind Airlines commenced flights between St. Petersburg and Mineralnye Vody. As the name would suggest, the city serves as a gateway to Caucasian mineral waters resort. Many tourists also fly to Mineralnye Vody because it is less than 100 kilometres away from Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Russia and one of the highest peaks in the world.
- Nordwind Airlines launched a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) service from St. Petersburg (LED) to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) on 2 November. The flights are operated by its 737-800s and are flown in competition against Rossiya Airlines’ 10 times weekly service. For the first nine months of 2017, passenger traffic between the two airports grew by 27% to 123,000. This is Nordwind’s second scheduled route from St. Petersburg, as it also performs flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo. From January-September 2017, the airline carried over 316,000 passengers at the airport, which represents an increase of 93% year-on-year. In W17/18, Nordwind will also have charter flights to Phuket and Nha Trang from St. Petersburg.