Russian low cost airline Pobeda continues to expand its international network by launching flights from Moscow to Tivat, Montenegro, and Girona, Spain. For the winter season the airline has permission to fly from Moscow to Innsbruck attracting mainly independent travellers. Pobeda has recently announced its interest in launching flights to Alanya, another popular resort in Turkey. Pobeda is helping the Russia traveller become less dependent on charter flights by providing, cheap international flights, along lines of Easyjet, Russian style
Air Serbia launched direct Belgrade to St. Petersburg service. Serbia has become increasingly popular as a business travel destination. It is also popular for short break due to visa-free regime and competitive prices.
Russian airline S7 launched weekly flight Moscow – Barcelona. Barcelona became 7th Spanish airport on the S7’s network. The airline has already connections to Alicante, Malaga, Madrid, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia. At the same time Spanish air carrier Vueling Airlines resumed direct flights from Kaliningrad (North-West of Russia) to Barcelona.
The growth of the Chinese market and growing economic ties drive the development of tourism between China and Russia. China Eastern Airlines launched direct flights from Saint-Petersburg to Shanghai with a 3 times a week frequency, while the Russian airline ‘Vim Avia’ launched charter flights from St. Petersburg to Beijing. At the same time, Korean Airlines has recently increased the number of flights from Moscow to Seoul and S7 Airlines has resumed direct from Novosibirsk (Siberia) to Seoul flight.