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Belavia 737-800 forced to return to Kiev
A Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Kiev Zhulyany to Minsk was ordered to return to Zhulyany airport Oct. 21 in what appears to be a demand by authorities because of interest in one of the aircraft’s passengers.
Pobeda Airlines Boeing 737-800
Russia’s Pobeda Airlines opens operations control center
Aeroflot low-cost subsidiary (LCC) Pobeda Airlines has opened an operations control center at Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, which will allow flights to maintain a 30-minute turnaround time.
Moscow Domodedovo airport net income up 4% in 1H
Moscow Domodedovo International Airport has reported a 2016 first-half net income of RUB3.7 billion ($57.1 million), up 4% year-over-year (YOY). The first-half reporting period ended June 30.
TAP Portugal A320
Russia, Portugal develop bilateral agreement
Russian and Portuguese aviation authorities have agreed to add a second designated carrier from each side for the routes between the countries.
Aurora aircraft
Aurora Airline predicts traffic will increase 20% in 2016
Aeroflot subsidiary Aurora Airline—which serves Russia’s Far East—has forecasted it will carry 1.4 million passengers in 2016, a 20% year-over-year (YOY) traffic increase, according to CEO Konstantin Sukhorebrik.
Moscow’s new Zhukovsky airport increases traffic
Moscow’s Zhukovsky International Airport, which officially opened May 30, is receiving more traffic as Russian airlines receive route approvals.
Nordwind Airlines Airbus A321.
Russia's Nordwind Airlines Gets Moscow-New York designation
Russia’s Nordwind Airlines has received approval for a Moscow-New York route.
Russia’s Polar Airlines An-26 makes hard landing in severe weather
A Polar Airlines Antonov An-26-100, en route from Yakutsk to Belaya Gora, made a heavy landing at Belaya Gora Airport on Oct.11.
UTair 737s
Russia’s UTair to launch St. Petersburg-Munich service Oct. 30
Russia’s UTair Aviation will launch a 3X-weekly Saint Petersburg-Munich Boeing 737 service Oct. 30, its first scheduled international flight from St. Petersburg in the IATA 2016-17 winter season.
Gelendzhik Airport
New terminal at Russia’s Gelendzhik Airport to open in 2018
Russian airport operator Basel Aero has signed an agreement with Gelendzhik authorities to construct a new terminal at Gelendzhik Airport, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2018.
Russia considers introducing electronic boarding passes
Russia’s Ministry of Transport has initiated legislation changes allowing passengers to use paperless boarding passes, taking away the contradiction that exists in current government regulations.
Russia’s traffic down 10.2% in August
Russia’s air traffic fell 10.2% in August to 10.3 million passengers, according to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia. International traffic was down 25.6% year-over-year (YOY) to 3.7 million, while domestic traffic grew 1.5% YOY to 6.6 million.
Aeroflot Airbus A350
Russia to toughen laws against unruly passengers
Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to toughen the rules against airline “troublemakers” at a meeting with Aeroflot Airline CEO Vitaly Savelyev.
Moscow Domodedovo gives update on development projects
Moscow Domodedovo International Airport will be able to handle a combined passenger capacity of 55-58 million in its existing T1 and T2 terminals when T2 construction is complete in 2018, according to airport owner and chairman of the board Dmitry Kamenshchik.
Aeroflot Group passengers up 8.9% year-to-date
Russia's Aeroflot Group carried 28.7 million passengers in January-August 2016, up 8.9% year-over-year (YOY).
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