Sochi/Adler Airport welcomed the arrival of Azimuth Airline’s inaugural flight from Rostov-on-Don on 22 December with a traditional water arch salute. The carrier will operate the 447-kilometre route five times weekly with Sukhoi Superjet 100s. anna.aero’s New Routes Database indicates that this is the ninth route launched by the airline in 2017, with all of them being Russian domestic services.
- Azimuth Airline began operating between Rostov-on-Don (ROV) and Sochi/Adler (AER) on 22 December. According to data from Flightradar24.com, the airline flew the 447-kilometre sector three times during the first week of operation, which corresponded with the Christmas holidays. OAG schedules show that from the week commencing 2 January the service will operate five times weekly. During the Christmas period Azimuth Airline faced direct competition from Utair on this airport pair, with the latter carrier operating three flights during the week commencing 2 January. OAG Schedules Analyser and Fightradar24.com do not show any direct scheduled services by Utair after 8 January, indicating that the carrier may be dropping the airport pair from its network. Azimuth Airline deploys its Sukhoi Superjet 100s between Rostov-on-Don and Sochi/Adler. According to anna.aero’s New Routes Database, this route is Azimuth Airline’s seventh new domestic connection from Rostov-on-Don that launched in 2017 and its ninth new route overall for last year.