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Russia's first budget airline debuts with flight to Black Sea

Russia's first budget airline debuts with flight to Black Sea

Russia's first budget airline took to the skies Monday in a bid to win a share of the fast-growing, US$7 billion (euro5 billion) domestic air travel market.
Though it currently owns only two Boeing 737s, Sky Express is hoping to expand fast and win passengers who now opt for the cheap but slow railways, offering one-way tickets from Moscow to the Black Sea and other destinations for as little as US$19 (euro15).
"The only place on the planet where there are no low cost airlines is Russia," airline spokesman Vitaly Korenyugin told The Associated Press.
Initially, the company, which is hoping to mimic the fast growth seen by European budget carriers Ryanair and easyJet, will have just two flights daily to the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The company would expand its fleet to eight Boeings by the spring, flying to destinations in the Ural mountains, Siberia and the southern Russia, he said.


Updated : 2021-05-10 04:49 GMT+08:00