Izhavia, the operator of Izhevsk Airport (IJK) and its main airline, announced on Wednesday that the airport is now prepared to handle flights operated by Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft. The special training for the airport staff included de-icing and pushback procedures for the next-generation Russian regional aircraft.
This allows Russian national carrier Aeroflot to launch a service from Moscow to the capital city of Udmurtia in October. Currently, Izhavia operates up to four daily flights between Izhevsk and Moscow Domodedovo Airport onboard Yak-42 aircraft, while RusLine serves Moscow Vnukovo six times a week. Before the suspension of its AOC due to safety concerns in late May 2018, Saratov Airlines was the third carrier on this route with three weekly Yak-42 flights.
In addition to that, Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary Pobeda, a Boeing 737 operator, has opened reservation for a “Fly&Bus” service, offering a three-hour bus ride to Izhevsk in connection to the airline’s daily flight from Moscow Vnukovo to the airport of Naberezhnye Chelny in Tatarstan.
Formed in 1992 from the Izhevsk division of Aeroflot, Izhavia is the main airline of the region with nine Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft in operation, the latest of which was added in June 2018. Regular flights to Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Nizhnevartovsk, Simferopol, Sochi, Anapa, and Krasnodar are offered alongside regional services in other parts of the country.
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