Aeroflot Russian Airlines is being forced to realign its international network due to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and western sanctions, especially airspace closures to Russian aircraft.
Aeroflot will now fly from Sochi in southern Russia to six countries and 17 destinations.
The aircraft will be operated by Rossiya.
Using its shorter-range Sukhoi SuperJet 100s, Aeroflot will operate from Sochi to Armenia (Yerevan), Egypt (Cairo), Israel (Tel Aviv), Kazakhstan (Aktau, Aktobe, Almaty, Atyrau, Nur Sultan), Turkey (Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Istanbul) and Uzbekistan (Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent, Urgench, Ferghana).
The international flights will connect to hubs in Moscow (Sheremetyevo), St. Petersburg and Krasnoyarsk.
Aeroflot is avoiding using foreign leased Airbus and Boeing aircraft on the routes due to a real fear of seizure.
Aeroflot issued this statement:
Aeroflot has opened sales of tickets for direct regular flights from Sochi to Armenia, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. The flight program is focused on transit passenger traffic and caters to those travelling on routes via Sochi from base airports of the Aeroflot Group airlines in Moscow (Sheremetyevo), Saint-Petersburg, Krasnoyarsk.
Flights from Sochi to 17 destinations will be operated by Rossiya Airlines (a subsidiary of Aeroflot Group) on domestically-produced Superjet 100 aircraft. Up to ten airliners of this type will be based in Sochi to operate the flight program.
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Aeroflot will continue to explore the perspective of the development of international flights program from Sochi as well as from other cities of Russia.
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Top Copyright Photo: Aeroflot Russian Airlines Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B RA-89014 (msn 95025) SVO (OSDU). Image: 921776.
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