Grozny-Avia adds Crimean base

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Grozny-Avia is setting up a base at Simferopol, with a view to linking the Crimean regional capital to several Russian cities.

Under an agreement with the local airport authority, the Russian carrier will initially base two of its six Yakovlev Yak-42s at Simferopol.

Grozny-Avia will also open a local line maintenance station. It has replaced the now-defunct Ukrainian operator Air Onix as the airport’s only tenant.

On 14 April, Grozny-Avia launched thrice-weekly services from Simferopol to Rostov-on-Don. Work is under way toward obtaining route rights to Belgorod, Kazan, Kirov, Kursk, Volgograd and Voronezh.

“This follows our talks with their mayors who want us to establish air links between these cities and Crimea,” says managing director Khasan Salgiriev.

To ramp up capacity and meet demand, the Chechnya-based airline will expedite acquiring two Airbus A319s, he adds.