Vladivostok Avia connects Russia’s two biggest cities with A320 service

Vladivostok Avia gets ready to depart Moscow Vnukovo to St Petersburg - across all three Moscow airports there are now nine airlines operating to St Petersburg.

Vladivostok Avia gets ready to depart Moscow Vnukovo to St Petersburg - across all three Moscow airports there are now nine airlines operating to St Petersburg.

  • Vladivostok Avia expands its presence at Moscow Vnukovo (VKO) with St Petersburg (LED) becoming the sixth destination served by the airline with a direct link from the capital. The new service, which was launched on 2 August, will be operated with an Airbus A320 four times per week and provides for a range of connecting opportunities for passengers originating in the east of the country. However, Vladivostok Avia will be facing significant direct competition with UTair and SkyExpress offering 14 weekly frequencies each with additional twice-weekly services by Gazpromavia. Across all three Moscow airports (Domodedovo, Shermetyevo and Vnukovo), there are now nine airlines operating to St Petersburg; Aeroflot (with 78 weekly departures), Gazpromavia (two), Rossiya (70), S7 (39), SkyExpress (14), Transaero (15), Ural Airlines (three), UTair (14) and Vladivostok Avia (four). Other destinations served by Vladivostok Air out of Moscow Vnukovo are Abakan, Kemerovo, Khabarovsk, Komsomolsk-on-Amur and the city from which the airline takes its name, Vladivostok.

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Comments

  1. Four flights a week?
    For any airline to be competitive with the other air operators on a specific city-pair, it has to operate at least twice daily (i.e. 14 flights a week).
    The limited options offered by four flights a week makes Vladivostok Air unfavorable compared with the major players of Moscow-St Petersburg corridor.
    However, the position of Vladivostok Air is different as its flights bound for St Petersburg originate from Vladivostok. In other words, the airline is mainly serving St Petersburg with one stop en route in Moscow. We can safely say that the airline is not competing with the other operators in Moscow-St Petersburg market. Thus, any traffic picked up from Moscow to St Petersburg will be a plus on the airline operating figures.

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