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Strigino’s new timetable: direct flights to 37 cities in Russia and abroad

On Sunday 29 March, Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) is switching to the spring-and-summer timetable. 20 airlines will perform scheduled and charter flights to 37 cities in Russia and abroad. The spring-and-summer timetable will be in effect until the end of October 2015.

Regional Program

During the spring-and-summer season Nizhny Novgorod airline passengers can travel on scheduled flights from Strigino to 19 cities in Russia: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Belgorod, Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, Kirov, Murmansk, Nizhnekamsk, Norilsk, Penza, Perm, Samara, Saratov, Surgut, Ulyanovsk as well as the southern Anapa, Krasnodar, Sochi and Simferopol*.

For reference: 10 daily flights will go to the capital of Russia this summer, and from 19 May UTair will re-establish Nizhny Novgorod - St. Petersburg route: the Boeing 737-500 will depart from Strigino at 07:55 seven days a week (also RusLine airline will continue daily flights to this destination with the CRJ-200 aircraft).

South of Russia

Anapa. From 17 May to 27 September Ural Airlines will operate flights from Nizhniy Novgorod to Anapa with the Airbus A-320 on Sundays.

Krasnodar. On 29 May Nordavia will resume services to Krasnodar with the Boeing 737-500 on Fridays.

Simferopol. The air route between Nizhny Novgorod and the Crimea will be serviced by two carriers. On Saturday 16 May, Ural Airlines’ first regular flight will go to Simferopol, on 19 May, the airline will add the second frequency - on Tuesdays, and on 31 May - the third, on Sundays. From 8 June, Yamal airline will also begin operations on this route: the CRJ-200 aircraft will perform flights on Mondays and Fridays.

Sochi. Three carriers will fly to this destination. From 17 May, Ural Airlines will start operations on Sundays with the Airbus A-320 aircraft. From 29 May, Transaero airline will launch flights from Nizhny to Sochi with the Boeing 737-800 on Tuesdays and Fridays. And from June 3, it will be possible to fly to the Olympic capital on Wednesdays on board the Yak-42 of Izhavia airline.

Holiday destinations abroad

Turkey. In April, as many as five airlines: North Wind, Transaero, Ural Airlines, Metrodzhet and Royal Flight will open the charter program to Antalya from Nizhny Novgorod. And from 24 May, North Wind will begin flying to Dalaman with the Airbus A-321 once in 10 days.

Greece. On 28 May, the first charter Airbus A-321 of North Wind airline will go from Strigino Airport to Heraklion, and on 5 June - the Boeing 737-800 of Royal Flight airline to Rhodes.

In addition, Strigino Airport’s spring-and-summer timetable will offer regular flights to Greece. On 1 June, Ellinair Airline will start operating one connection to Thessaloniki with the Boeing 737-400 1 time in 10 days.

Cyprus. Transaero Airline from 26 April plans to open a charter flight program from Strigino to Larnaca with the Boeing 737-800.

Tunis. From 29 May, North Wind will begin charter services to Monastir on board the Airbus A-321.

Egypt. Flights from Nizhniy Novgorod to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh will be continued throughout the spring-and-summer season.

CIS countries

Azerbaijan. From 6 June Azerbaijan Airlines will start operating direct scheduled flights from Nizhny Novgorod to Baku with the Embraer 190 on Saturdays, and from 29 July the airline will add the second frequency - on Wednesdays.

Armenia. Ural Airlines will continue flying to Yerevan under the spring-and-summer timetable: on Tuesdays with the Airbus A-320.

Tajikistan. Regular flights to Dushanbe will be operated on Mondays and Saturdays.

Uzbekistan. On Mondays passengers will be able to travel from Strigino to Tashkent, and on Sundays - to Fergana.

Europe

Czech Republic. From April 4, Ural Airlines will re-introduce regular connections to Prague from Nizhny Novgorod. Departure from Strigino at 16:30 on Saturdays, return flight from Prague at 19:50, the aircraft type –Airbus A320.

Finland. Finnair will resume direct scheduled flights to Helsinki from Nizhny Novgorod from 23 April. The frequencies will remain unchanged: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; departure from Strigino at 03:55, the type of aircraft Embraer 190.

Germany. Regular flights to Frankfurt will continue throughout the spring-and-summer season, departing from Nizhny Novgorod at 03:30 four times a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays).

Spain. Charter flights to Barcelona will begin on 31 May. Royal Flight airline will operate the route with the Boeing 757-200.

* Please note that the timetable is subject to changes.

Valery Shantsev about Strigino’s new passenger terminal: “The construction is sensible, the order is almost ideal”

On 19 March, Strigino International Airport held a visiting meeting directed by the governor of the Nizhni Novgorod Oblast Valery Shantsev. The head of the region assessed the progress of the construction of the new passenger terminal: walked about of the construction site, looked at the results of the work executed by the contractor and plan for the second quarter of 2015.

“The readiness of the main terminal building at the moment has reached 90%,” said the constructors. “It will be fully completed in April. At the moment, the central distribution substation for power supply of the terminal is accomplished, the external 6 kV power supply and the heating network are also completed and put into operation. In the near future we will begin the installation of translucent constructions - stained glass and windows, pipelines, outdoor lighting, subflooring, interior and exterior decoration. Also within half-year period we will carry out the installation of operational equipment, the improvement of the forecourt, set up the pedestrian areas and the curbside.

All in all we have already excavated 46,000 m3 of the ground, placed 19 000 m3 of concrete, laid 2800 rm of the external pipelines and drainage, assembled 800 tons of metal frame and 500 tons of metal roofing.”

“The construction is on schedule, all promises made at the groundbreaking ceremony are carried out in full,” said International Airport of Nizhny Novgorod executive director Alexander Sinelnikov. “By October 2015 we plan to complete the general construction work, and in December, as agreed, open the new terminal and see the New Year in there.”

“The construction is sensible, the order is almost ideal,” stated the governor Valery Shantsev at the end of walkabout. “This venue will give us 1.5 million passengers per year - the conditions are very different, the situation is different as well. Nizhny Novgorod deserves such airport! But the approach to transport infrastructure development shall be comprehensive - developing the air transport we must not forget the railway and highway service. Therefore, the expansion of Molodezhny Prospect is in progress, we will install Strigino railway station ensuring connection with Moskovsky railway station. The combination of road, rail and air transport will allow to organize a modern hub on the basis of the airport.”

Gazelle Next will deliver wheelchair users to the aircraft at Strigino

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) puts a new medical special vehicle on the basis of Gazelle Next into operation. This multi-purpose vehicle built so far in a single copy was first presented in Moscow at specialized exhibition Health-2014, where it earned a high expert evaluation.

Modular special vehicle is designed for transportation of sick passengers and delivery of wheelchair users to the aircraft. The rear doors are used for unloading/loading stretchers, lateral double swing door - to tilt/fold the lifting device. Medical equipment Class A allows to administer first aid to a patient in comfortable conditions, and, if necessary, to carry out resuscitation. For reference: in 2014 Strigino Airport recorded more than 50 requests for medical assistance from the aircraft.

Delivery of disabled passengers from the terminal to the aircraft will become more convenient. The electric device with lifting capacity up to 230 kg installed in the modular special vehicle ensures fully automated loading and unloading of a passenger in the wheelchair. Particular attention was paid to safety: enhanced tie-down straps are provided to secure the wheelchair and special blocking elements prevent the car from moving until the loading is completed. Also there is enough space in the minibus compartment to transport medical attendants and folded wheelchairs.

All in all to date 9 buses and cars are involved in passenger handling at Strigino Airport.

Expansion of Strigino Airport‘s catering: more space, more opportunities

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) has completed the reorganization of the catering service. Now Strigino catering is spun off into a separate structure, as a result, airlines and passengers will be provided with a higher level of service.

The catering production moved to new redecorated premises equipped according to all rules and regulations imposed on catering companies. The area occupied by Strigino catering increased from 300 to 700 square meters: the 1 floor is designed for administration offices, the 2nd floor accommodates production including a hot and cold kitchen and a packing room. In addition, catering is now located in the airport territory, close to the runway (formerly - in the hotel facilities), which enables to avoid additional security procedures and ensures timely delivery of catering to the aircraft.

The assortment of Strigino catering is updated twice a year for the beginning of the spring-and-summer and autumn-and-winter season the chefs develop recipes of the new dishes. In addition to standard rations for economy and business class passengers, airport catering can offer vegetarian, baby and national menu - almost any dish on request of the airlines. From 15 April, catering services of Airports of Regions Group (Yekaterinburg, Samara, Rostov-on-Don and Nizhny Novgorod airports) will move to the uniform service level.

At the moment, Strigino Airport catering is designed to produce 1000 rations per day and more. In the short term, considering the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 these volumes will be significantly increased. 

Strigino Airport holds a winter spotting event

Yesterday Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) gathered fans of aviation photography. A group of Nizhny Novgorod spotters was given a chance to come out into the airfield and for six hours capture aircraft takeoffs and landings, operations, aircraft and passenger handling. Bloggers also had access to the roof of the existing passenger terminal, where they were able to take unique photos.

The event started with the departure of Aeroflot’s Airbus A320 to Sheremetyevo Airport. This was followed by S7 Airline’s Airbus A319 and UTair-Express’s ATR-72 arrivals from Moscow, Dexter’s Pilatus-12 from Saratov, departures to Samara, Kirov and Nizhnekamsk … Air taxi Dexter certainly became "The Hero of the Day", within a few hours of spotting the Pilatus took off and landed six times.

The demonstration of Strigino Airport’s new snow cleaners added diversity: the spotters could see how easily and effectively Schmidt jet sweepers clean the apron and how Zaugg snow blower collects snow and throws it dozens of meters away.

As for the aircraft, special interest of the spotters was attracted to the Superjet in original livery “75th Anniversary of Sukhoi”. The airliner was filmed from all sides on the parking stand and at the moment of departure (the plane performed a charter flight with a sports team going to competitions).

Plane spotting activities have already become a tradition for Strigino Airport. The next such event is planned for summer 2015.

Summer timetable of Strigino Airport: scheduled flights to Simferopol, Sochi, Anapa and Thessaloniki

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) is actively forming its summer timetable. At the moment, the airlines have announced several scheduled and charter services traditionally in demand with Nizhny Novgorod citizens in the holiday season. The summer timetable will come into full effect at Strigino on 29 March, 2015.

Simferopol: from Nizhny in 2 hours 45 minutes

On Saturday, 16 May, Ural Airlines’ first flight will go from Nizhny Novgorod to Simferopol. From 19 May, the airline will add the second frequency - on Tuesdays, and from 31 May - on Sundays. Thus, at the beginning of the summer season it will be possible to fly to the Crimea from Strigino three times a week.

Travel time is 2 hours 45 minutes, flights will be operated with the Airbus A320. Tickets are already on sale.

Flight

Route

Days

Departure

Arrival

U6-2921

Nizhny Novgorod – Simferopol

Tue

Sat

Sun

16:00

08:00

19:40

18:45

10:45

22:25

U6-2922

Simferopol – Nizhny Novgorod

Tue

Sat

Sun

19:45

11:45

23:25

22:30

14:30

02:10

Sochi: fly with Ural Airlines and Transaero

Nizhny Novgorod-Sochi route also promises to be quite busy. The first Ural Airlines' Airbus A320 will leave for the Olympic Capital on 17 May and will continue to fly on route until 27 September once a week on Sundays.

Flight

Route

Days

Departure

Arrival

U6-479

Nizhny Novgorod – Sochi

Sun

05:00

07:30

U6-480

Sochi – Nizhny Novgorod

Sun

08:40

10:55

And from 29 May, Transaero Airline will start operating charter flights with the Boeing 737-800 to Sochi on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Anapa: weekly on Sundays

From 17 May to 27 September Ural Airlines’ Airbus A320 will also perform weekly flights to Anapa (Vityazevo). Tickets are already on sale.

Flight

Route

Days

Departure

Arrival

U6-491

Nizhny Novgorod – Anapa

Sun

Sun

15:00

U6-492

Anapa - Nizhny Novgorod

Sun

Sun

18:10

New Greek airline Ellinair launches flights to Thessaloniki

A new foreign carrier enters the Nizhny Novgorod market. On 1 June, 2015 Greek airline Ellinair launches regular flights to Thessaloniki from Nizhny Novgorod. The services will be operated on board of comfortable Boeing 737-400 with 1 frequency in 10 days. Tickets can be bought on the airline's website.

Flight

Route

Days

Departure

Arrival

EL-971

Nizhny Novgorod - Thessaloniki

Mon

Thu

04:30

04:50

08:10

08:30

EL-970

Thessaloniki - Nizhny Novgorod

Sun, Wed

23:55

03:10

Thessaloniki (IV century BC) will be of interest to tourists and business passengers. The ancient city is not far from beautiful beaches and world-famous cultural and historical sites (Mount Olympus, White Tower, Museum of Byzantine Culture, etc.), in addition, every year thousands of holiday-makers go through Macedonia Airport to the peninsula of Halkidiki. At the same time, Thessaloniki is a large commercial and industrial area, accumulating petrochemical, metallurgical, metalworking and engineering companies, as well as a major center of the textile industry in Greece.

As a reminder, in summer 2014 scheduled flights to Thessaloniki from Strigino were serviced by Astra Airlines.

rom beautiful beaches and world-famous cultural and historical sites (Mount Olympus, White Tower, Museum of Byzantine Culture, etc.), in addition, every year thousands of holiday-makers go through Macedonia Airport to the peninsula of Halkidiki. At the same time, Thessaloniki is a large commercial and industrial area, accumulating petrochemical, metallurgical, metalworking and engineering companies, as well as a major center of the textile industry in Greece.

As a reminder, in summer 2014 scheduled flights to Thessaloniki from Strigino were serviced by Astra Airlines.

 

Ak Bars Aero resumes flights to the cities of the VFD 

On the morning of 2 February, 2015, a flight to Perm performed under the Federal Regional Transportation Subsidy Program went from Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Also in the framework of this program a flight from Nizhniy Novgorod to Ulyanovsk will be carried out at 17:00, and tomorrow the company will launch services to Izhevsk, Nizhnekamsk and Saratov.

The regional aviation development program in the Volga Federal District in 2015 provides for the implementation of subsidized flights from Nizhny Novgorod to seven destinations - Kirov, Penza, Izhevsk, Nizhnekamsk, Perm, Saratov and Ulyanovsk. Dexter Airline became a designated carrier under the program. In January, the airline operated flights to Kirov and Penza, and now its route network also includes five destinations serviced in 2014 by Ak Bars Aero.

All Dexter Airline’s flights to the cities of the VFD will be performed with the Pilatus PC-12 turboprop eight-seaters (manufactured in Switzerland, flight range - up to 2,000 km, max. speed - 519 km/h). Tickets can be bought on the official website of Strigino Airport.

Flight Timetable

Route

Days

Departure*

Arrival*

Flight

Nizhny Novgorod - Izhevsk

Tue, Thu

Sat

14:50

09:20

17:40

12:10

ÄÒ 212

Izhevsk - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu

Sat

13:00

07:30

13:50

08:20

ÄÒ 211

Nizhny Novgorod - Nizhnekamsk

Tue, Thu, Sat

13:30

15:10

ÄÒ 237

Nizhnekamsk -Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat

16:10

17:50

ÄÒ 238

Nizhny Novgorod - Perm

Mon, Wed, Fri

07:30

11:40

ÄÒ 227

Perm - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri

12:35

13:10

ÄÒ 228

Nizhny Novgorod - Saratov

Tue, Thu, Sat

07:30

09:30

ÄÒ 235

Saratov - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat

10:30

12:00

ÄÒ 236

Nizhny Novgorod - Ulyanovsk

Mon, Wed, Fri

17:00

18:15

ÄÒ 226

Ulyanovsk - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri

14:40

16:00

ÄÒ 225

Nizhny Novgorod - Kirov

Mon, Wed, Fri

Tue, Thu

08:00

14:50

09:25

16:20

ÄÒ 215

ÄÒ 234

Kirov - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri

Tue, Thu

16:30

12:30

17:55

13:40

ÄÒ 216

ÄÒ 233

Nizhny Novgorod - Penza

Tue, Thu, Sat

09:05

10:15

ÄÒ 217

Penza - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat

16:10

17:25

ÄÒ 218

* All local times.

Taxi Druzya becomes Strigino’s new official taxi partner

The new official taxi partner - Taxi Druzya started its service at Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). The new partner will provide a shuttle service for Nizhny Novgorod citizens and guests during 2015.

Now Chevrolet Cobalt cars not older than 3 years old, technically sound, fitted with a taximeter and bearing the company logo are at passengers’ service at Strigino. Each car is equipped with air conditioning, a child seat and a first aid kit. 10 minutes’ waiting (in case of late arrival – unlimited waiting time) is on the list of free options, as well as compulsory life and health insurance for customers and assistance in loading and unloading of baggage. In addition, the taxi company can also arrange for the meeting with a sign and provision of a tour guide-driver and an interpreter.

Taxi Druzya’s cars are parked on designated parking spaces near the passenger terminal. Passengers can make an order around the clock at the counter (where it is also possible to pay by Visa and Master Cards) located in the left wing of the terminal in the domestic arrival area, on the carrier's website www.taxifr.ru or call +7 (831) 2555 -555.

RusLine launches flights from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg

From 26 January, 2015 RusLine begins its flight program at Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Russian carrier launches services on route Nizhny Novgorod - St. Petersburg - Nizhny Novgorod.

Flights from Strigino to Pulkovo will be operated daily except Saturdays with comfortable Canadian Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft designed for 50 passengers. Travel time is 1 hour 55 minutes. Sales have already started, tickets without agency fees and surcharges can be bought on the official website of Strigino Airport.

Flight

Route

Days

Departure

Arrival

7R-236

Strigino - Pulkovo

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

13:45

15:40

7R-235

Pulkovo - Strigino

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun

10:55

12:45

For reference: in 2014, St. Petersburg joined Strigino’s Top 5 destinations, the passenger traffic grew by more than 30%. Convenient departure and arrival times and attractive airfares will also contribute to the promotion of new RusLine flights.

Strigino Airport sums up its activities in 2014

Passenger traffic at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) in 2014 increased by 23.4% (1,131,874 PAX). The domestic flow numbers 593,590 passengers representing a 27.8% climb, 538,284 passengers preferred to fly abroad (+ 18.9% YoY). The aircraft departure grew by 12.3% (9449).

Scheduled flights from Strigino in 2014 went to 59 cities (26 domestic, 33 international). The most popular destinations remained:

1. Moscow (442,297 passengers, 30.3% increase)

2. Antalya (160,047 passengers, 36.4% increase)

3. Hurghada (73,862 passengers, 53.5% increase)

4. Sharm el-Sheikh (62,711 passengers, 96.3% increase)

5. St. Petersburg (45,849 passengers, 31.3% increase)

The most punctual airline in 2014 was UTair-Express.

In 2015, Airports of Regions Management Company will continue to implement the program of reconstruction and development of the existing airport complex and the construction of Strigino’s new passenger terminal.

Layouts of StriginoAirport’s new passenger terminal are approved

The layouts of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport’s new passenger terminal (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) are approved by all stakeholders involved in passenger handling including government regulatory agencies. The parties agreed on location and floor area of all three levels of the terminal, boarding bridges, basements, passages and elevators, placement of checkpoints and screening equipment.

The operational areas of the new terminal will feature spaciousness and comfort, as well as clear and consistent navigation. The departure lounges will overlook the airfield. For reference: the new terminal meets level of comfort C (good level of service with the conditions for a constant traffic flow) according to the International Air Transport Association classification, as well as modern requirements of aviation, border and customs security.

According to the project, the 1st floor of the new passenger terminal will accommodate lounges for general public, including check-in areas, mother and child room with nurseries, medical station, baggage lockers, cafes and shops. The 2nd floor will house a pre-flight check area (common for domestic and international passengers), customs and passport control posts for passengers on international flights, waiting lounges, Duty Free shops for international passengers and Duty Paid for domestic passengers, as well as offices of airlines representatives. The third floor will be almost entirely intended for the arrival gallery, offices and technical facilities of the airport services. All three floors will be accessible for people with limited mobility thanks to the elevators and ramps. The new passenger terminal also comprises 4 boarding bridges adjacent to 2 stationary departure gates.

As a reminder: the commissioning of the VFD capital‘s new terminal is planned for December 2015. The capacity of the modern airport complex with a total area of 27.8 thousand sq. meters will be more than 1.5 million persons per year. For the comfort and convenience of passengers spacious lounges, shops and cafes will be placed on an area of over 1500 square meters, the parking lot is designed for 700 cars. A distinctive feature of the new airport complex will be a modern baggage handling system and an automatic queue management system in the passenger handling areas.

Strigino’s ornithological service acquires a goshawk

To improve the aviation safety Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Holding) has acquired a goshawk. Using a hawk is part of an action plan undertaken to ensure ornithological safety at Strigino: bio-acoustic equipment emitting the distress calls of birds, gas gun, mirror balls, as well as cutting down bushes and grass mowing.

Goshawk is a young female, two years old, grown in the wild. Now the bird is in the process of habituation to its new owner, the airport’s ornithologist, training to hand feed and sit on the glove on command.

The studies prove that to scare birds away from the airport a hawk needn’t be on the prowl, its presence is enough to cause the other feathered tribe to panic. In this case, crows, gulls, sparrows begin to cry in distress and fly away, and what is more, return to the former place no earlier than in 2-3 weeks. As soon as the hawk takes the necessary training, the airport’s ornithologist will start regular patrol of the airport territory.

Specially trained goshawks and falcons are used to scare birds away at many airports in Russia and around the world.

Passenger traffic st Strigino went up by 25.5% in 11 months

The total passenger flow at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport year-to-date amounted to 1,065,454 people showing a 25.5% gain compared to the year-ago period. Domestic air travel rose 29.2% (547,752 passengers), and international traffic level was up by 21.9% (517,702 passengers). Airport saw 8721 aircraft departures recording a 14.2 % year over year increase. Freight and mail traffic climbed 11.2 % (899.4 tons).

Since the beginning of 2014, 38 airlines serviced 63 scheduled destinations, out of them 29 were domestic and 9 international. Traditional leaders in the passenger traffic were Moscow, Antalya, Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh and St. Petersburg.

Strigino continues to update its motor fleet: a new jet sweeper and a bus for business passengers

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport saw a new expansion of its motor fleet. The airfield service now has extra special vehicles for snow removal and passenger service department obtained a new minibus for servicing business passengers.

The vehicle park is supplemented by the second Schmidt TJS-630 jet sweeper (the first was purchased last winter) having clearing speed of up to 40 km/h, which in combination with high quality of cleaning is essential for the airport under heavy snowfalls. Special brushes can clear up to 5.2 meters of the runway surface in one pass. For reference: Schmidt is one of the world's leading manufacturers of snow cleaners for major airports and utility companies in Europe and Moscow.

Besides Schmidt jet sweepers, Strigino Airport utilizes universal sweeper JetBroom to remove snow and ice from the runway and apron. All in all, now for these purposes the airport can employ three units of modern imported vehicles, as well as 13 other vehicles and mechanical devices.

A 14-seater Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be the second minibus to deliver business class passengers to the aircraft. New Mercedes is spacious, equipped with climate control with individual settings, comfortable seats and automatic door. In addition, two executive class Audis are also used to service business passengers.

«Meals on Board» service becomes available for Strigino’s passengers

The passengers of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport can now choose dishes they want to take on board according to their liking. This week two airports of Airports of Regions Holding - Koltsovo (Ekaterinburg) and Strigino (Nizhny Novgorod) have launched a project to provide a new «Meals on Board» service.

The Nizhny Novgorod Airport’s partner for the project became Shocoladnitsa Coffee Shop, which has long worked at the airport. For the new service Shocoladnitsa has developed a special offer including about 70% of its total assortment range: a variety of fruit salads, lasagna and pasta, tiramisu and strudel, oatmeal and cottage cheese, pancakes with various fillings, cheesecakes, etc. In addition, there is a 10 percent discount on all «Meals on Board» service menu. You may find out about possible choices on the website.

The customer may make an order directly at the coffee shop or in advance by telephone, and receive and pay for it before departure at the airport. An important note: If you pick up «Meals on Board» in the coffee shops located in the airside international and domestic lounges, it is even possible to take drinks and soups on board.* The meals are packed in lunch boxes.

«Our company, together with the catering operators at Nizhny Novgorod and Ekaterinburg Airports, sought to create a new convenient service for passengers. Quite a lot of passengers arrive at the terminal shortly before departure and would like to take freshly prepared hot meals on board the aircraft, the dishes of their choice,» said Airports of Regions MC’s Director for Non-Aviation Commerce Tatiana Batenyova. «In addition, this service will compensate for the lack of catering on board the aircraft during short flights, provide extra meals for long trips, and also on "Meals on Board" menu you can find the dishes that children love. »

* According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommendations, liquids shall be carried on board in the hand baggage in containers with a capacity no greater than 100 ml and a total capacity of up to a liter. But as the retail stores in the airside areas and Duty Free shops are located beyond the pre-flight check points and their goods have already been checked by aviation security, the restrictions on the amount of liquids purchased in these areas are removed.

Half a year of Strigino’s new passenger terminal construction: the erection of roof and facades begins

Exactly six months ago, on June 10, 2014 - Strigino International Airport began the construction of the new Nizhny Novgorod terminal. At the moment, the reinforced concrete and metal structures of the building frame are almost fully completed. The builders have come close to the erection of the building envelope – the roof on the metal frame and facades, in the near future they will also initiate the installation of the transition bridge between the towers of the boarding bridges and the new terminal building. The work is being carried out 24 hours a day, about 300 workers and more than 30 units of modern construction equipment are employed.

Czech company PSJ, the general contractor, is keeping to the construction schedule with 100 percent accuracy. The construction progress is under the strict control of the investor, Airports of Regions Management Company, and authorities. The head of the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Valery Shantsev conducts a regular inspection of the construction, and on November 18, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov visited the site in the framework of the working visit to prepare the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast for the World Cup 2018.

For reference: the commissioning of the VFD capital’s new terminal is planned for December 2015. The modern airport terminal with a total area of 27.8 thousand square meters will be equipped with 4 air bridges, its capacity will exceed 1.5 million passengers per year. For the comfort and convenience of passengers, spacious lounges, shops and cafes will be placed on an area of over 1500 square meters, parking lot is designed for 800 cars. A distinctive feature of the airport complex will be a modern automated baggage handling system and automatic system for monitoring queues in the passenger handling areas.

Anybody who wants to can follow the progress of the work with the help of online broadcast on the official website of Strigino Airport - airportnn.ru.

 

Strigino Airport introduces early check-in

Since December 15, Nizhny Novgorod International Airport will start to open check-in for international flights 4 hours*, for domestic - 3 hours before departure (at present check-in at Strigino begins as at most airports in Russia: for domestic flights - 2 hours and for international - three hours before departure).

Extension of check-in time will become a new step towards enhancing the quality of passenger service. The innovation is designed to improve the conditions of stay at the airport for those passengers who for whatever reasons are forced to come to the terminal well in advance. Now they will be able to check-in earlier, drop off their baggage and spend time in the airside international or domestic waiting lounges.

For reference: Aeroflot, UTair, Ural Airlines, Ak Bars Aero, Transaero, Lufthansa, Finnair and S7 passengers can check-in online on the airline website. For Aeroflot, UTair, Transaero, Ak Bars Aero and S7 flights it is also possible to print out the boarding pass using the printers installed at the airport.

As a next step in improving the service quality Strigino Airport will introduce 24 hour prior check-in.

* Except Lufthansa and Finnair flights.

Aircraft deicing at Strigino is certified by the Federal Air Transport Agency

Nizhny Novgorod International Airport confirmed the compliance of its aircraft deicing services with the requirements of the Federal Air Transport Agency (FATA). Thus, the preparation of Strigino Airport for the autumn-and-winter period can be considered fully completed.

Aircraft deicing is an important part of aircraft ground handling procedures in the cold season under the flight safety rules. According to the committee of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Strigino Airport has the right to sell the complete cycle of the procedures necessary to get ready for aircraft deicing: storage, preparation of mixture, delivery of de-icing liquids to the deicers. The certificate was issued by the Federal Air Transport Agency for the period of 3 years.

On-site aircraft treatment at Strigino Airport is performed by two aircraft deicers - John Bean Technologies Tempest II and Sterling MT 35. Operational personnel involved in the procedure passed appropriate training at Kurumoch International Airport (Samara). The available machines and qualification of the personnel make it possible to deice all types of aircraft the airport can receive: starting from 9-seater Cessna C-280 to 320-seater Boeing 767-300.

All in all, in the winter period of 2013-2014 Strigino Airport’s ground handling service deiced 735 aircraft. Since the beginning of the season more than 70 aircraft have already been processed.

Strigino passenger traffic grew by 28 percent in 10 months

In October Nizhny Novgorod International Airport handled 92,947 passengers, which is 16.4% more than the figure of the same prior year period. 51,843 passengers (+14.09%) were serviced in the domestic airlines and 41,104 passengers (+ 19.5%) - in the international airlines.

The largest increase in passenger traffic in October demonstrated charter flights to Sharm el-Sheikh (9.4 times in comparison with October 2013), Hurghada (5.6 times) and Nha Trang (3.1 times). Among the scheduled domestic services a rise was recorded on routes to Ulyanovsk (6.8 times), Belgorod (2.8 times) and Saratov (2.2 times). The main growth driver in most cases was a significant increase in the frequencies. In October, the most punctual airlines turned to be UTair-Express and Finnair, more than 92% of all their flights were completed on schedule.

Over the past 10 months Strigino Airport served 992,985 passengers, which is 28% more than in 2013. The domestic passenger flow amounted to 501,878 (a 32.2% gain compared to the year-ago period), 491,107 travelers chose international destinations (+ 23.9%). The number of departures was 16.9% higher (8143), freight and mail demand expanded by11.7% (819 tons).

For reference: on November 6, Strigino served the one millionth passenger year-to-date, and now Nizhny Novgorod Airport has passed into a category of million airports.

Strigino for first time in 20 years has become a million airport

 

The one millionth passenger of the year 2014 has been checked in at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) earlier today. It is a momentous event not only for Nizhny Novgorod Airport which passed to the higher size category in terms of passenger traffic, but for the entire region's transport infrastructure.

The one millionth passenger of Strigino Airport turned to be 30-year-old Nizhny Novgorod citizen Andrew Kurnyshev, departing on Aeroflot flight SU1221 to Moscow. He received a certificate for annual business lounge servicing from Strigino Airport management and two open-date business class tickets on route Nizhny Novgorod - Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod from Aeroflot.

“For the first time in the last twenty years Nizhny Novgorod Airport managed to pass a milestone of 1000 000 passengers,” said at the official ceremony Strigino Airport’s Executive Director Alexander Sinelnikov. “With the arrival of Airports of Regions Management Company at the airport and the expansion of the route network, air traffic began to grow rapidly. Since 2010 passenger flow has tripled from 376 thousand to 917 thousand people in 2013 – it is a unique rate for Russia! And today, on November 6, 2014, Strigino has again become a million airport. We congratulate everybody and promise to make every effort to further develop the airport.”

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“Air route Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod is one of the most significant for civil aviation in Russia,” said JSC Aeroflot’s regional representative in Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Nizhnekamsk Alexander Tikhonov. ”It was to Nizhny Novgorod on July 15, 1923 that the first scheduled flight in the country was made, and in 2013 our company transported a record number of passengers for a route - more than 228 thousand (the occupancy of seats was over 70%). And we are very pleased that today one millionth passenger of Nizhny Novgorod Airport was checked in for our flight.”

The one millionth passenger of Strigino is a frequent flyer, he travels several times a month both on scheduled flights to other cities in Russia – on business (Andrew is engaged in construction and oil) and on charter flights abroad – on holidays. Andrew Kurnyshev was not aware of that day’s event at Nizhny Novgorod Airport: having arrived for check in as usually in advance he was genuinely surprised by the message: "You have become one millionth passenger, please accept our congratulations!"

“Basically, I consider myself to be a lucky man,” admitted Andrew. “But I have never won in a lottery, though I bought tickets many times. So it appeared to be a very pleasant surprise to me. Thank you!” 

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