Open sky mode in Sochi International Airport
Recently open skies mode was implemented at Sochi International airport. From now on foreign carriers can execute transit flights between third-party countries. Therefore it became easier for foreign carriers to perform flights to Sochi, as all the restrictions were removed. Open skies mode let international carriers make alternative routes, board new passengers and develop air communication between defferent destinations.
«Federal authorities notified 19 countries about this possibility: Austria, Armenia, UK, Germany, Greece, Israel, India, Italy, China, Korea, Netherlands, USA, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Japan. If any airline decides to make use of this mode, it must notify Russian Ministry of Transport and specify the routes, aircraft types and planned frequency of flights», - press-service of Sochi Administration reports.
Negotiations with 20 carriers from Europe, Asia and India have already been held. Many of them are interested in launching flights to Sochi in the network of open skies mode. For example, Mahan Air (Iran) is ready to make the decision and start performing scheduled flights to Sochi from Teheran. The first flight on this route may be performed in July 2015. The flights will be performed once a week, since August – twice a week.
In November 2014 Pegasus (Turkey) should start operating additional scheduled flights to Sochi from Istanbul. In addition, Turkish Airlines, which performs four flights a week from Istanbul to Sochi may switch to daily flights on this route in the network of winter schedule, press-service of Basel Aero reports.
It is also planned to make a 72 hour Visa free entry to Sochi for foreign visitors.
Source: www.ruaviation.com/ www.basel.ru/