Russian low-cost airline Avianova enters Siberia market

  • Avianova on 9 April began serving its first destinations in Siberia. The Russian low-cost carrier now flies to two new destinations in the western part of the region, in Ural Federal District. From its Moscow Sheremeteyvo (SVO) base, Avianova now flies three times a week to Surgut (SGC), a distance of 2,140 kilometres. The aircraft then continues to Tyumen (TJM), a 650-kilometre sector. The following day, the airline also launched non-stop flights three times a week on the 1,700-kilometre route from Moscow Sheremetyevo to Tyumen. All three routes face competition. Nordavia, the airline just sold by Aeroflot, flies daily between Sheremeteyvo and Surgut, while Aeroflot’s daily flights to Tyumen also compete directly. The regional flight is operated in competition with UTair’s twice-daily services. Indirect competition is also available from the other Moscow airports. UTair flies to both destinations from both Moscow Domodedovo and Moscow Vnukovo, while S7 flies to both Siberian airports from Domodedovo. The fellow low-cost airline SkyExpress also flies between Vnukovo and Tyumen four times a week. Flights operate with Avianova’s A320s, which now only have 159 seats after a restrictive change in Russian customs legislation. Vladimir Gorbunov, Avianova’s General Director, said: “Entering Western Siberia market, Avianova maintains its status of being the fastest growing airline in Russia. We are glad to start cooperation with our new partners – the airports of Tyumen and Surgut, which share our desire to make air transport not only the fastest and the most convenient, but also the most affordable way of travel in Russia.” The airline’s CEO Andrew Pyne continued: “It’s not just an expansion of the Avianova route network. Today we are fundamentally changing Russia’s scale and the distances between the cities: now one can travel by air to the cities of Western Siberia from Moscow not only faster but cheaper than travelling by train.”

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