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Business aviation spreading to Russian regions

Russian business aviation mostly remains concentrated in Moscow. This does not mean, however, that the sector is not evolving elsewhere in the country. 

According to Eurocontrol’s survey of Russian airports handling at least one bizav flight per day, Moscow’s Vnukovo 3 airport topped the list in 2013 in the average number of bizav departures last year (30.5). It was followed by Sheremetyevo (7.3), St. Petersburg’s Pulkovo (5.4), Domodedovo (3.8), Ostafyevo (0.9), and Sochi International Airport in Adler (0.9). The figures indicate that business aviation is still concentrated in Moscow and, to a lesser extent, St. Petersburg. On the other hand, there are all preconditions for the development of bizav services in major regional production and financial centers like Novosibirsk, Yekateriburg, Krasnoyarsk, and Vladivostok.

Business aviation services in Russian regions are stimulated by high-profile international events, such as the Winter Olympics held in Sochi earlier this year. Between February 6 and 9 alone, at the peak of the Games, Sochi International Airport in Adler handled over 300 bizav flights. Overall, according to news report, the airport’s managing company Basel Aero serviced more than 650 business aviation movements during the Olympics, earning $42 million in the process (over 50% of its 2012 revenue).

Russia’s farming regions are also seeing a moderate growth in bizav traffic. FBO Domodedovo Business Aviation Center reports that Belgorod region has been enjoying a steady demand for such flights, accounting for 5-10% of all monthly bizav operations in 2013 and 2014. The city of Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan’s petrochemical center, is another steady contributor with 5-10% of Domodedovo Business Aviation Center’s monthly bizav traffic.

The most popular international bizav destinations have remained unchanged for years. Domodedovo Business Aviation Center CEO Andrey Stepanyuk says: “The busiest bizav routes from Moscow are to France, Italy and Germany; Turkey is a popular destination in summer.”


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