Russian carrier Pskov Avia has launched several services from St Petersburg ahead of expected delivery of Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets.
The provincial airline, which operates four Antonov An-24 turboprops, qualifies for government support under a state programme of subsidising fares on selected regional routes.
On 1 August, Pskov Avia effectively relocated to St Petersburg Pulkovo airport, from which it has introduced thrice-weekly flights both to Pskov and Apatity. Next week, it will start serving Petrozavodsk, Vologda and Bryansk from St Petersburg.
The airport authority says the carrier has decided to replace its An-24s with CRJ200s and is looking to take delivery in the autumn: "Apart from expanding Pulkovo-centred regional route network, this should allow it to provide longer-range services - in particular, between Apatity and one of the cities on the Black Sea coast."