Aeroflot has signed an agreement with the government of Krasnoyarsk region and Krasnoyarsk International Airport to create an Aeroflot Group hub in Krasnoyarsk.
The agreement was signed by Andrey Panov, Aeroflot’s deputy chief executive officer for strategy and marketing, Krasnoyarsk region Governor Alexander Uss, and Andrey Metzler, CEO of Krasnoyarsk International Airport. The ceremony was held during the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.
Krasnoyarsk will be Aeroflot’s second hub. The international hub is scheduled to open in 2020, and by 2023 is expected to serve one million passengers per year. The creation of a hub in Krasnoyarsk will expand the airline’s route network, increasing the number of regular direct flights from Krasnoyarsk.
Due to the city’s convenient location, the airline will be able to offer flights from the hub between cities in the Urals, Siberia and the South, as well as to China and other parts of Asia.
“In line with Aeroflot Group’s new strategy, we are working on the creation of new international hub in Krasnoyarsk. The hub’s business model guarantees convenient connections, which will enable us to attract transit passengers both on domestic and international routes.
“We are also planning to create a number of other regional bases in Russia. Aeroflot Group will make a significant contribution to fulfilling the President’s directive aimed at expanding the route network of inter-regional regular flights bypassing Moscow,” said Panov.
“A year and a half ago, we opened a very good airport, which is one of the most elegant airports in the country. To thrive and develop it needs a reliable anchor carrier. We are grateful to Aeroflot for their decision to create a hub in the Krasnoyarsk region. Currently, we are focusing on the need for a reliable transport system in the expansive region that is Yeniseysk, Siberia.
“With the creation of the hub, I see the chance to improve the accessibility of the surrounding area, Russian regions and countries both near and far abroad, as well as to create jobs and additional services,” said Uss.
“The development of a new hub in Krasnoyarsk in cooperation with the largest Russian air carrier will be the start of a new chapter for the Krasnoyarsk Airport. The air hub will have an incentive for further development and both residents and visitors to the region will have more opportunities to travel and forge business links,” said Metzler said.