CHELYABINSK, April 8 – RIA Novosti. Since the beginning of May 2021, the Chelyabinsk Kurchatov International Airport is ready to resume international traffic after the completion of the terminal reconstruction, Governor Alexei Teksler said on Thursday.
Texler recalled that over the past 2 years, the airport has changed significantly – a domestic airlines terminal with 4 bridges with a capacity of 2 million passengers per year has been put into operation, a new apron has been built, the station square has become modern, and in February the airfield received the 3rd ICAO category. He noted that in October last year, the authorities decided to close international traffic in order to quickly and efficiently carry out all the work on the reconstruction of the international terminal of the airport, and all construction and installation work was completed by April 1, 2021. “Now all the work related to Thus, the international terminal is ready, all components are working, including the border control zone, and ready to start operation. Now the epidemiological situation is not easy, in fact the 3rd wave (coronavirus) has begun in other countries. This may affect the opening of the terminal. Negotiations are underway to start international traffic … We are ready to start international traffic from the beginning of May, “he told reporters.
The Governor clarified that at the moment the airlines and the airport are conducting appropriate negotiations on the start of international flights, and work is also underway with the government of the Russian Federation to obtain appropriate permits.
According to Texler, the international terminal of the Chelyabinsk airport, in comparison with the previous one, has been expanded 3 times, the number of passport control counters has been increased 2 times, and the authorities are also receiving permission to work with electronic visas for foreign citizens.
In addition, the region continues to work with airlines that could enter the region, the head of the region said. “From May 1, Red Wings is entering with a permanent basing of one aircraft. Next year, there may be up to five aircraft, including international traffic. The company has registered a branch here. We look forward to cooperation, including the expansion and opening of a repair base. for the Superjet, “he explained.
According to Evgeny Klyucharev, General Director of Red Wings, since May of this year, the company has been organizing the initial basing of one Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the Chelyabinsk airport in order to start operating flights on an interregional route. “We have already received subsidies. Expansion of the geography of flights and the implementation of flights not only subsidized, but also on a commercial basis. Traditionally, we will resume flights to Sochi and Simferopol. We have already received a number of international destinations in the CIS countries – Baku, Yerevan, Bishkek, Alma. -Aty, we are working on obtaining permission to fly to Uzbekistan, “he told reporters. He specified that when there will be a decision on opening Chelyabinsk for international traffic, the airline will “fulfill them with pleasure.” Chelyabinsk region
Klyucharev also added that the airline is negotiating with a tour operator on charter flights to integrate Chelyabinsk into their route network.
As the head of the commercial direction of the Novaport holding Ksenia Agafonova added, this year the company's plans, as well as the entire industry, are to restore traffic volumes in 2019. “We expect that the volume of 2019 in Chelyabinsk will be restored. Including through a significant increase in the frequency of flights to St. Petersburg, southern cities, the implementation of a subsidy program. We are not only expanding the number of routes, but also increasing the frequency of flights,” she said journalists.