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.


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.







Nizhny Novgorod – Simferopol











Simferopol – Nizhny Novgorod










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.







Nizhny Novgorod – Sochi





Sochi – Nizhny Novgorod




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.







Nizhny Novgorod – Anapa





Anapa - Nizhny Novgorod




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.







Nizhny Novgorod - Thessaloniki








Thessaloniki - Nizhny Novgorod

Sun, Wed



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






Nizhny Novgorod - Izhevsk

Tue, Thu






ÄÒ 212

Izhevsk - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu






ÄÒ 211

Nizhny Novgorod - Nizhnekamsk

Tue, Thu, Sat



ÄÒ 237

Nizhnekamsk -Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat



ÄÒ 238

Nizhny Novgorod - Perm

Mon, Wed, Fri



ÄÒ 227

Perm - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri



ÄÒ 228

Nizhny Novgorod - Saratov

Tue, Thu, Sat



ÄÒ 235

Saratov - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat



ÄÒ 236

Nizhny Novgorod - Ulyanovsk

Mon, Wed, Fri



ÄÒ 226

Ulyanovsk - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri



ÄÒ 225

Nizhny Novgorod - Kirov

Mon, Wed, Fri

Tue, Thu





ÄÒ 215

ÄÒ 234

Kirov - Nizhny Novgorod

Mon, Wed, Fri

Tue, Thu





ÄÒ 216

ÄÒ 233

Nizhny Novgorod - Penza

Tue, Thu, Sat



ÄÒ 217

Penza - Nizhny Novgorod

Tue, Thu, Sat



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.







Strigino - Pulkovo

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun




Pulkovo - Strigino

Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun



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.”


“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!” 


Strigino Airport offers more opportunities on Moscow destination this winter

Since October 26 Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) has switched to the winter timetable. 13 carriers will offer regular scheduled flights to 28 destinations in Russia and abroad and 4 airlines will operate 7 international charter routes.

Major changes have occurred in Nizhniy Novgorod - Moscow timetable, in the first place – with Aeroflot airline. Russia's largest carrier has rescheduled all five daily flights for an earlier time. The first Aeroflot’s aircraft now departs from Strigino to the capital at 05:05, the next flight leaves at 08:10, then at 11:15, etc. Thanks to the reshuffle, general timetable to the capital from Strigino has become more comfortable for passengers who got the opportunity to choose the most suitable time of departure according to their needs. All in all 9 daily services fly from Nizhny Novgorod to three Moscow air hub airports.

The domestic flight program reserved flights to Ekaterinburg, Samara, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Kirov, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhnekamsk, Norilsk, Penza, Perm, Izhevsk, Saratov, Surgut, Ufa, Syktyvkar, Ulyanovsk.

Nizhny Novgorod air travelers can go abroad on scheduled flights to Helsinki - Finnair retained in the winter timetable three weekly frequencies to the capital of Finland on the aircraft Embraer-190 (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays). Lufthansa continued operating three flights a week to Frankfurt (Germany) on the Airbus-319 on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Ural Airlines flies to Prague (Czech Republic) on the aircraft Airbus A-320 on Saturdays and to Dubai (UAE) on the Airbus A-321 on Sundays.

Services to the CIS countries in the Strigino’s winter timetable are presented by weekly flights on Air Armenia’s Boeing 737-500 to Yerevan (Armenia) and by Ural Airlines operations to Dushanbe and Khujand (Tajikistan) as well as to Tashkent and Fergana (Uzbekistan).

Winter timetable will be in force at Strigino Airport until March 29, 2015.

Winter charter program is launched at Strigino International Airport

Winter program of direct services from Nizhniy Novgorod Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) will be presented by 7 destinations: traditional Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada (Egypt), Goa (India), Phuket and Bangkok (Thailand), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), opened last winter and showing a high demand with Nizhny Novgorod passengers flight to Nha Trang (Vietnam) will be resumed. The first flights to the popular tourist resorts have already been completed, the program will open in full from October 26.

«The feature of the upcoming winter season will be the consolidation of the tourism market, it means, that tour operators will share an aircraft on the same destination reducing the risks both for business and direct buyers of package tours,» noted Airports of Regions MC’s Director for Aviation Business Development Vladimir Kamynin. «Currently it is more important for all the participants of the tourism market to keep the established set of customers and popular destinations with the high potential then to open exotic novelties and create for them a new audience.»

For example, in the first 9 months of 2014 the share of the Egyptian destination, which is a year-round, amounted to 11.1% in the total passenger traffic of Strigino Airport demonstrating as much as a 3% year-on-year growth rate. Egyptian resorts Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada are consistently ranked the 3rd most popular destination among Nizhny Novgorod passengers, so in the upcoming season tour operators will focus on this destination.

Strigino Airport is ready for the autumn-and-winter period

As a part of preparation for the autumn-and-winter period Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) carried out a complex of preventive measures aimed at ensuring the safety and regularity of flights in snowfalls and freezing temperatures, prepared the airfield maintenance equipment and accumulated a stock of chemicals and de-icing fluid.

During the preparation for the autumn-and-winter period the Airport conducted routine repairs of the apron and the runway for ice protection, bought sufficient amount of liquid and granular deicing chemicals certified for use at civil aerodromes, as well as the sand-and-salt mixture for treating local driveways and roads. Drainage facilities were checked to prevent flooding during the rain and melting of snow. Furthermore, skiddometers measuring braking coefficient passed additional tests.

All airport custom vehicles (including aircraft deicing machines) are prepared for operation in the autumn-and-winter period, all transport units underwent scheduled and seasonal maintenance and repairs. Strigino’s vehicle fleet includes graders, compact municipal cleaning machines, tractors, rotors and runway sweepers allowing to quickly clear the runway from snow. In addition, by the beginning of the autumn-and-winter period the airport acquired an aircraft heater trolley, which provides hot air at a temperature up to 90 degrees Celsius to the aircraft passenger cabin and allows to heat the cabin to a comfortable temperature within 10 minutes and warm up the aircraft engines before start up.

The Airport performed scheduled maintenance of water and heat supply networks of its facilities taking into account switching to winter operations and checked secondary and emergency power supply.

Personnel passed training for handling alternate aircraft landing, massive flight delays and congestions in the passenger terminal building, the Airport worked out the schemes of interaction with the related organizations in non-routine occurrences.

For reference: the autumn-and-winter period will last from October 26, 2014 to March 29, 2015.

Strigino Airport handled 900,038 passengers in the first 9 months

During January-September period of 2014 Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) serviced 900,038 passengers (a 29.3% increase year-on-year), out of them 450,035 (+ 34.7%) were domestic and 450,003 (+24.3%) - international. The number of departures went up by 18.2% and amounted to 7176 operations, freight and mail traffic climbed 12.2% (728 tons).

In the first nine months Strigino’s top domestic destinations were Moscow (329,850 passengers), St. Petersburg (37,949 passengers) and Samara (17,557 passengers) and international - Antalya (148,729 passengers), Hurghada (54,719 passengers) and Sharm el-Sheikh (44,771 passengers). Also it is already possible to make a conclusion regarding the success of a number of new routes opened this year. For example, 4286 passengers were transported to Palma de Mallorca, 4126 passengers travelled to Baku and back, 1688 passengers flew to Helsinki and 1470 passengers preferred Corfu (Greece), flights to Murmansk and Krasnodar also proved to be in demand.

In September 2014 Strigino Airport handled 122,904 passengers showing a 26.7% year-on-year growth rate. Passenger traffic on domestic flights totaled 56,152 people (+31%), international passenger flow recorded 66,752 people (+23.4%). The number of departure was 24.2% higher (950).

The most punctual airlines in September were Finnair and Komiaviatrans - 100% of all flights were performed on schedule. UTair-Express, Ak Bars Aero and Lufthansa also demonstrated strict adherence to the timetable.

Strigino Airport passengers most frequently call the Hotline on Tuesday afternoons

Under the program to improve the quality of service Airports of Regions MC has strengthened the control over passenger information at the call-center of the holding’s airports - Koltsovo (Ekaterinburg) Strigino (Nizhny Novgorod) and Kurumoch (Samara). Now MC’s operations direction conducts the monthly monitoring analyzing all operators’ responses by a number of criteria including the promptness of response to the call, the completeness of the information, politeness, etc.

All in all in September the Hotline received 5908 questions about Strigino airport. The total duration of the operators’ consultations equaled 12631 minutes - more than 210 hours! Passengers are mostly interested in operational information about flight status, seasonal and online timetables, new destinations and airlines ticket prices, but there are also questions about animals carriage rules, in-flight food, privileges of business class passengers, Duty Free Shops, etc.

Also, the monitoring revealed several interesting trends. In particular, 2 minutes are enough for an average passenger to get an answer to the question – the number of such calls during September exceeded 3000. A quarter of those who made a call stayed within one minute, even less callers needed 3 minutes and more.

The call-center receives most calls on Tuesdays - almost 19% of the total. Next comes Monday (just over 17%) followed by Saturday (15%). Moreover, the bulk of the inquiries is recorded from 14 to 17 hours - during this time period in September the Hotline received 2200 calls.

We recall that Strigino passengers may ask their questions by calling 8-800-1000-333 (toll-free RF) and +7 (831) 269-38-19 (for calls from abroad).

Strigino is updating its fleet of snow cleaning machines for the winter season

Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) has begun an active preparation for the autumn-and-winter period. On October 26, the Nizhny Novgorod air harbor switches to the winter timetable, at present the schedule is under preparation, airlines are making adjustments to their regular and charter programs. Meanwhile, personnel of all operational departments of the airport is passing theoretical and practical training, tests on operating procedures, rules and regulations of aviation security, compliance to aerodrome traffic diagrams, operation of custom equipment, regulations for labor protection, etc.

This year particular attention was paid to preparation of the runway, taxiways and the apron: a total area of repaired surface is greater than 9000 square meters. To clear snow and ice from the apron the airport bought the most modern and powerful airfield maintenance equipment. The GSE and repair service of Strigino has recently come into possession of a Zaugg high-speed snow blower from Switzerland. This machine makes it possible to cut roadway snow and throw it at a distance of 50 meters. Capacity - up to 5000 m3 per hour. Using such snow blower allows to replace three similar vehicles of national production.

This year Strigino shall also receive a Schmidt jet sweeper (the first was put into operation last winter). In the short term the airport will buy a tractor with additional attachments to clear the runway lights. Two machines will be used for deicing the aircraft. All in all in the autumn-and-winter period of 2014-2015 Strigino Airport will utilize more than 15 vehicles, acquired through an integrated program to update the fleet of custom equipment, and altogether Strigino operates124 vehicles and mechanical devices.

More than 777,000 passengers have passed through the Nizhny Novgorod gateway year-to-date

During the January-August period of 2014 Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports Regions Group) handled 777,134 passengers (a 29.7% year over year increase), of which 393,876 passengers were serviced in the domestic airlines and 383,258 - in the international airlines. Regular flights were operated to 59 destinations, 26 of them were domestic and 33 - international. Aircraft departures experienced a 17.8% increase (6,331), freight and mail demand expanded by 8.8% (632 tons).

It is worth noting that the past period has seen a notable reshuffle in the distribution of passenger traffic by airlines: North Wind carrying out an extensive charter program has nearly doubled its traffic (116,952 passengers, 15% of the total passenger flow of Strigino Airport). S7 has significantly increased its occupancy of seats (53,668 passengers, 6.9% of total passenger traffic). Aeroflot remains the leader (189,247 passengers, 24.4% of the Nizhny Novgorod’s passenger flow).

In August 2014, Strigino Airport handled 131,429 passengers, which is 30.4% more than last year. Passenger traffic on domestic flights reached 58,408 people (+37.7% compared to August of last year), on international flights – 73,021 people (+25.1%). Number of departures was 15.2% higher (955), the cargo and mail business was 1.7% better (87.2 tons).

Most punctual airline in August was UTair-Express: more than 97% of all flights were made on schedule. Also Orenburzhye, UTair, Ak Bars and Finnair showed a punctuality rate exceeding 90%.

A high-speed railway will go through Strigino Airport

Yesterday, on September 11 at the International Business Summit the Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev, JSC High Speed Rail Lines’s General Director Alexander Misharin and CJSC Airports of Regions MC’s General Director Evgeniy Chudnovskiy signed a cooperation agreement with a view to developing in the area of Strigino International Airport an intermodal transport hub bringing together the existing airport and the projected station of the high-speed railway Moscow - Nizhny Novgorod - Kazan (hereinafter – the HSR).

Currently, the project involves the construction of 2 high-speed railway stations in Nizhny Novgorod, one of which will be located at Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Cooperation between Airports of Regions, JSC High Speed Rail Lines and airlines will allow to offer passengers an integrated transport service - a single ticket from Moscow to the airport of destination.

- The construction of the high-speed rail line is actually an investment in the future, it is a strategically important project for us - said the Head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev. – The HSR will give impetus to the development of adjacent areas and also can help us to ease road traffic.

- Nizhny Novgorod is geographically very close to Moscow. And, on the one hand, it is a minus - the capital draws most of the passenger flow off Nizhny - explains Airports of Region MC’s General Director Evgeniy Chudnovskiy. - On the other hand, the proximity to the capital easily turns into a plus: if it is possible to get from the center of Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod by the HSR within 1.5-2 hours, we will be able to "transfer" about 6 million passengers from the airports of the Moscow air hub to Strigino, in the first place, it will be interesting for the passengers flying to Southeast Asia. Then, Nizhny Novgorod Airport without exaggeration has all chances to become the fourth Moscow air hub airport, releasing the capital’s airports. Moreover, the construction of the HSR in the vicinity of Strigino will boost the airport’s territory –a new hotel, business and office centers will appear.

- In fact, the HSR is an inter-regional subway, trains reach speed of up to 300-400 kilometers per hour and in several times increase the mobility of people and business. It has for a long time been appreciated in the countries where active construction of the HSR is in progress: China, France, Japan - said JSC High Speed Rail Lines’s General Director Alexander Misharin.

The signed cooperation agreement between the Nizhny Novgorod region, Airports of Regions MC and Russian Railways will be valid for 5 years.


Strigino Search and Rescue Service has been certified by Rosaviatsia without remarks

Fire Fighting and Search and Rescue Service of Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Groups) has successfully passed the certification of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia). The document was issued as a result of a comprehensive assessment of the Fire Fighting and Search and Rescue Service according to five criteria: general fitness of the personnel, special training of personnel, knowledge of the theoretical issues of search and rescue operations, technical facilities, and professionalism of actions during training.

The Commission of Rosaviatsia commended fire trucks operated by Nizhny Novgorod Airport and acquired in 2013-14 within the framework of the investment to upgrade the motor fleet. Currently Search and Rescue Service of Strigino possesses new fire trucks fitted with the most modern equipment and capable to move at a speed up to 100 km/h. Buying of another airfield fire truck is planned for the first quarter of 2015.

As a result, the certification was passed without any remark. Thus, the Federal Air Transport Agency has confirmed that the Search and Rescue Division of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport meets all industrial regulations and is fully prepared, if necessary, to administer prompt qualified help. Next planned certification of Strigino is to be held in three years.

Strigino presents 5 top air routes of the passing summer

Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Region Group) reports preliminary results of the summer season. All in all from June 1 to August 28, 370,881 passengers passed through the Nizhny Novgorod gateway, a 29% increase over the same period last year. In addition, this figure is comparable to the passenger flow at Strigino Airport in 2010 - 376,799 people.

The airport handled 203,537 international passengers and 167,344 domestic passengers. The most popular during summer were traditional resort destinations:

1. Antalya (83,622 passengers)

2. Hurghada (17,880 passengers)

3. Larnaca (13,940 passengers)

4. Barcelona (11,259 passengers)

5. Heraklion (10,941 passengers)

In addition, traffic to Frankfurt-am-Main grew several times compared to a monthly average (10,512 passengers). Domestic sector at the height of the holiday season demonstrated an increased demand for flights to Saint Petersburg (16,014 passengers). During summer 6,320 passengers flew to Simferopol and back.

According to the experts, the last weekend of the passing summer will see intensive flow of arriving passengers, and the total traffic over the two days can reach 9,000 people.

Shantsev checked the progress of construction of the new terminal at Strigino

Today, on August 19, the head of the region Valery Shantsev conducted an inspection circular tour of the construction site of the new passenger terminal at Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Mr. Shantsev positively assessed the construction work. For example, the concrete frame above zero level has already been erected and active installation of external utility connections is in progress.

- I believe, by September 1 all foundation structures will have been installed allowing the erection of a three-story terminal building. We have thoroughly checked all the schedules, they are kept to, the date of completion remains unchanged, we even expect to finish ahead of schedule and see the New 2016 year in in the new terminal - summed up Mr. Shantsev.

For the moment, the foundation base of the building is filled with 6,000 cubic meters of concrete, every day 25 equipment units are operating on the site, the number of people involved in the construction equals 180 and the work is organized in 2 shifts.

- While the zero cycle is underway, we are carefully planning the layout of the new terminal and its equipment making provisions for everything necessary for the passengers’ convenience - said MANN’s Executive Director Alexander Sinelnikov.

For reference: on June 10, 2014 Czech company PSJ, a.s. started the construction of the airport complex with a total area of 27.8 thousand square meters and a capacity of more than 1.5 mln. people a year. Commissioning of the new terminal of the PFD capital is scheduled for December 2015. A modern airport terminal will be equipped with four air bridges, passengers will be able to check-in for flights at 19 counters, in particular, a counter is stipulated to process large and oversized baggage, as well as a special check-in area for the groups with reduced mobility. Spacious lounges and a nursery are provided for comfort and convenience of passengers. Shops and cafes will occupy an area of more than 1500 sq. m.




Airlines flying from Strigino demonstrated high punctuality in July

In July 2014, Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) welcomed 130,306 passengers, a 29.8%increase over last year. A passenger flow of 59,800 people was recorded on domestic flights (+ 41.1% compared to July 2013) and of 70,506 people - on international flights (+ 21.6%).

In July resort destinations were traditionally in high demand. Top 5 tourist routes by the number of passengers were as follows: Antalya, Hurghada, Larnaca, Barcelona and Sharm el-Sheikh.

The most punctual airline in July was Azerbaijan Airlines: 100% of the carrier's flights were performed without delay. Other carriers in the past month, despite the increased workload of the peak season also demonstrated strict adherence to the schedule: UTair-Express carried out 99% of its flights on time, Ak Bars Aero - 96%, Orenburzhye - 94%, Utair - 95%, Abakan-Avia, Aeroflot, Ural Airlines, Kogalim-Avia - more than 90%.

From January to July 2014 passenger traffic at Strigino Airport totaled 645,619 people (+ 29.5% year-on-year). Out of them 335,498 passengers were served in the domestic sector (+34.4%), and 310,121 passengers – in the international sector (+24.5%). Number of sorties reached 5,356 operations (+ 18.1%), cargo and mail amounted to 605 tons (+5.1%). 

A new container loader will handle passengers’ baggage

In August Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Region Group) received and will put into operation five units of new custom vehicles. The fleet is updated under an investment program implemented by Airports of Regions Management Company.

One of the most significant acquisitions of Strigino Airport was TLD TXL 737 container loader with loading capacity of 3.5 tones (previously used container loader is obsolete and greatly inferior to the new one in the number of characteristics). A new custom vehicle is able to lift and load into the plane two containers with the passengers' baggage simultaneously, it is easy to operate, suitable for all types of aircraft and allows to speed up and automate the technical procedure. 7.7 mln. rubles were invested in its acquisition.

A new ground power unit will supply foreign and Russian aircraft with electric power of 115 V or 28 V (depending on the aircraft type) and its cost is more than 4 mln. rubles. In addition, three cars for a total amount of more than 2.5 mln. rubles have already been delivered to Strigino Airport. One of them - a cross country car with a spacious storage compartment – was handed to the Aviation Security Department: all-wheel drive pick-up will ensure perimeter control of the airport territory.

- We consider renewal of custom equipment at the holding company’s airports one of our priorities - said Airports of Regions MC’s Technical Director Vasily Molodtsov. - Modern, multifunctional equipment enables our airport complex to meet the high standards of service in the course of routine operation and during peak periods. With the introduction of new aircraft handling equipment the passengers of Strigino Airport will be able to assess the result - a fast and high-quality service, and airlines will open new routes in a more comfortable and secure environment.

For reference: in 2013 Nizhny Novgorod Airport directed 220 mln. rubles to buying of custom vehicles. An airfield fire truck, a deicing machine, a jet sweeper, a Delta aircraft cabin heater, a Toyota towing tractor and a truck grader were bought and put into operation. All in all Strigino Airport utilizes more than 120 units of aircraft handling and airfield maintenance equipment.

Finnair opens Scandinavia for Nizhny Novgorod residents

On Saturday, July 26, the first flight to Helsinki departed from Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). This flight launched the program establishing for first time direct air service between the capitals of Finland and the Volga Federal District. Now, three times a week Nizhny Novgorod residents can fly directly from Nizhny Novgorod Airport to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, and from there, thanks to the variety of fast and convenient connecting flights, get to almost anywhere in Europe, Asia and North America.

Flights on route Nizhny Novgorod - Helsinki will be operated by the Embraer 190 aircraft, the number of passengers - up to 100 people. Let’s note that the Finnair’s fleet is one of the youngest and most environmentally friendly in Europe: the average age of an aircraft is 7 years, long-haul - 3 years. JACDEC Research Bureau in 2012 named Finnair the safest airline in Europe and the second in terms of safety in the world. Presently air service is carried out by 57 Finnair airliners and 15 aircraft of Flybe Nordic (the subsidiary company), and in 2015, Finnair will become the first European buyer of the Airbus A350 XWB.

- It is gratifying that Finnair, a member of one of the largest alliances Oneworld, has now come to Nizhny Novgorod - shared his thoughts with the guests of the event Strigino Airport Executive Director Alexander Sinelnikov. – The start of Finnish carrier’s flights shows the interest of international airlines to cooperation with Nizhny Novgorod airport.

From Helsinki Nizhny Novgorod passengers can take the geographically shortest route to more than 60 European cities and 15 cities in Asia. Among the latest novelties of the season - Miami, Phuket, Krabi, Tromso, Biarritz, Pisa, even more flights to Dusseldorf, Zurich, Dubrovnik, Malaga, Paris, Rome and Tel Aviv.

- We are pleased to open today the flight program Helsinki-Nizhny Novgorod and to thank the authorities of Strigino Airport with whom we are cooperating effectively and who made a lot for this program to take place - said Finnair’s Commercial Director Allister Paterson. - We are starting with three flights a week and offer the residents of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, both tourists and business passengers, to reach the main cities in Scandinavia, the Baltics and the most popular among Russians cities in Europe before 10 a.m., which provides not only an opportunity for business meetings but also good connections. Competitive prices, we hope, will also be of interest for the passengers.

Mr Allister Paterson pointed out that Finnair had been flying to Russia for 56 years, and Nizhny Novgorod had become the fourth city where the flights were performed, after Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg.

Just the Facts

Finnair is:

One of the oldest airlines in the world: 90 years flying on blue and white wings

More than 9 million passengers in 2013

Up-to-date, efficient and upgraded fleet

Member of one of the largest airline alliances in the world, Oneworld, which serves more than 840 destinations in 155 countries

The best airline of Northern Europe according to World Airline Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

One of the most punctual airlines in the world

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport is:

One terminal, three runways

Signs in Russian

Electronic passport control

Ideal for airport transfers planned

Timetable designed for connections

Minimum connecting time of 35 minutes

Two Finnair business lounges

SUVANTO – dedicated work locations

Free Wi-Fi, Internet kiosks

Strigino passengers’ baggage is delivered quicker

A new carousel conveyor was put into operation in the baggage claim area of the passenger terminal at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Purchase and installation of this equipment were conducted under the service improvement program carried out by the airport, and became possible due to expanding of the arrival area of the terminal.

New carousel conveyor is installed in the domestic arrival area. The equipment allows to handle the arriving passengers quickly, meets the highest safety standards and is fitted with an emergency brake system. The conveyor in service in the domestic arrival area until recently now can be used, if necessary, as an extra both in the domestic and international areas. In addition, its operation allows to separate baggage delivery to passengers arriving from the EU and from the CIS countries.

So, now three baggage carousels are in operation in the terminal of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport. Because of this development the airport staff is capable to handle multiple flights simultaneously, and baggage waiting time for passengers reduced significantly. The service improvement program at Strigino is in progress.

Now it is possible to pay for parking at Strigino Airport by a credit card

Modern parking payment service has become available to all visitors of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group). Four automated terminals are installed and put into operation in the short- and long-term parking areas of the Airport.

The new equipment allows drivers not only to make payments by plastic cards of international payment systems Visa and MasterCard, but also to use new contactless MasterCard PayPass and Visa RayWave, which are already called "technologies of the future." Their feature is that the chips providing the possibility of contactless payment can be embedded not only in bank cards, but also in key holders, watches, mobile phones and other devices.

- Airports in Europe and the USA saw cashless payment for parking long ago, in Russia this practice is just being introduced. First of all, because not every airport as Strigino possesses a modern integrated automated parking system capable to accept such payments, - said Airports of Regions Management Company Director for Non-Aviation Activity Tatiana Bateneva. - Parking payment by bank cards in the Russian Federation is possible only at Moscow airports and Pulkovo but via Paypass and Paywave technologies designed for more advanced users - only in Moscow. This week the service will also be launched at another airport-member of Airports of Regions Group - Koltsovo (Ekaterinburg).

Contactless MasterCard PayPass and Visa RayWave are in demand in developed countries as a quick and convenient way of payment for services in everyday life and are getting more popular in Russia. Comfort of parking payment by a credit card and other devices with contactless technology is that payment in the amount of up to 1,000 rubles is made one-touch without entering a PIN – a card or device is simply applied to the reader. Safety and reliability of payments are ensured by Uniteller processing company and certified by PCI PA-DSS safety standard.

We recall that new civilized parking complex was opened at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport in November last year. Entry into the territory of the airport is now organized through a system of barriers. For the first six months 382,977 people used parking services (for comparison: passenger flow at Strigino over the same period totaled 547,936 people).

34,742 feedbacks were left by Strigino passengers during the year

Passengers of Strigino International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) are generally positive about the level of service in the Nizhny Novgorod air terminal. 83 percent of all service level monitoring participants stated that they were served as "excellent", "good" or "fair".

We recall that in July 2013 complex feedback system for passengers was launched at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport. Inside the terminal building - in the departure and arrival areas, baggage claim sectors, business lounge - special devices were installed with the help of which everyone could rate Strigino as "excellent", "good", "fair", "poor", "very poor" (in Russian or English language). And also - to make a complaint for the service, report problems with baggage claim or, conversely, to convey thanks to the staff for courtesy. All applications were delivered and are being delivered directly to the airport authorities.

Over the past year (from July 7 2013 to July 7 2014) Strigino was evaluated by 34,742 passengers. And there we have the results:

excellent - 18,113 estimates (52%)

good - 6968 estimates (20%)

fair - 3707 estimates (11%)

poor - 2175 estimates (6%)

very poor - 3779 estimates (11%).

Let’s note that in the vast majority of negative feedbacks passengers criticize the outdated infrastructure of the existing terminal, complain of discomfort associated with the cramped premises, and express the need to build a new air terminal. Airport specialists immediately begin checks on applications that contain specific claims and provide an answer to the applicant (if the passenger’s contacts details are available). Positive reviews, as a rule, point out staff’s courtesy and improvements in operations.

The project on monitoring service level at the airport is in progress.

In the first half-year Strigino sees more than 500,000 passengers

Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) handled more than half a million passengers in the first 6 months of 2014. Total passenger traffic in the past half a year amounted to 515,313 people, which is 29.4% more than during the same period a year ago. Passenger flow on domestic flights grew up to 275,698 people (33.1% year over year increase), international – up to 239,615 people (+25.4%). The number of sorties increased to 4401 (+18.3%), freight and mail operations made up 523 tons.

During the first six months 55 scheduled destinations were served out of Strigino. The most notable increment in passenger traffic was recorded on onward and return flights to Moscow (212,497 passengers, a 36.1% growth), as well as on traditional resort destinations: Antalya (63,565 passengers, a 61% growth), Sharm el-Sheikh (33,154 passengers, a 76.1% growth), Larnaca (9413 passengers, a 117.1% growth), Bangkok (7680 passengers, a 60.6% growth), Goa (4654 passengers, a 38.1% growth), Monastir (2354 passengers, a 83.2% growth). The services launched especially for the spring-and-summer season have already demonstrated good occupancy of seats: Palma de Mallorca, Heraklion, Dalaman, Corfu, Rimini.

Regional passenger traffic has grown significantly: to Simferopol (+101.5%), Kazan (+65.4%), St. Petersburg (+39.9%), as well as to the cities served under the program for subsidizing regional air transport in the PFD: Perm, Nizhnekamsk, Penza, Kirov, Saratov, Izhevsk … All in all under the program during the first six months 5026 people flew from Nizhny Novgorod to 8 cities of PFD.

In June, 125,294 people used Strigino terminal, which is 31.5% greater compared to the same month last year of which 56,087 were domestic passengers (+38.8%) and 69,207 - international passengers (+26%). The most punctual airlines became Ak Bars Aero and Orenburzhye - by the end of June, more than 90% of their flights from Nizhniy Novgorod were performed on schedule.

A webcast of the new passenger terminal construction is launched at Strigino

A webcast of the new passenger terminal construction is launched on the official website of Strigino Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) www.airportnn.ru. Now website visitors can monitor the construction of the future terminal: machinery entering the construction site, foundation pit growing in size hour after hour, heavy bulldozers and tractors in operation. The webcast does not stop even at night (IR mode is activated).

A camera installed at a height of 25 meters transmits the image real time. Image quality is very high - Full HD, maximum resolution of 1920 x 1024 pixels (users may reduce image quality to medium or low according to their desire). The camera changes viewpoint automatically moving along a predetermined path and providing a complete overview of the construction site. Moreover, technical characteristics of the system allow simultaneous connection of up to 5000 users.

The Airport authorities expect that the new service will be of interest to the visitors of www.airportnn.ru. Let’s note that lately the popularity of the Internet resource has increased manifold: since 2011, when Strigino airport got a strategic investor - Management Company Airports of Regions– the website traffic has raised from 43,580 to 262,403 visits a month, the number of original visitors has gone up - from 6988 to 44,134 persons per month.

We recall that on June 10, 2014, the Acting Governor of Nizhny Novgorod Region Valery Shantsev launched the construction of a new passenger terminal at Nizhny Novgorod International Airport. The area of the new terminal complex is 27.8 thousand sq. m - almost 3.5 times greater than the existing terminal (8679 sq. m). The new terminal will ensure high airport capacity - more than 800 passengers per hour and more than 1.5 mln. people per year.

New services from Strigino to Krasnodar and Murmansk

New destinations will appear in the summer timetable of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport (belongs to Airports of Regions Group) in July. Nordavia launches services from Strigino to Krasnodar (July 16) and Murmansk (July 17). Flights will be operated once a week on the Boeing 737-500 aircraft (cabin layout: 10 business class seats and 110 economy class seats). Travel time to Krasnodar is 2.5 hours, to Murmansk – 3 hours.










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- Direct flights to Krasnodar are certainly very promising: they will not only provide the residents of Nizhny Novgorod with the opportunity to get to all resorts of the Krasnodar Region, but also allow to establish business and trade ties between the two regions, - said Airports of Regions MC Director for Aviation Business Development Vladimir Kamynin. - Flights to Murmansk, in our opinion, in the first place will be in demand with businessmen, military men and sailors because Murmansk is one of the largest ice-free ports of the country. In addition, the destination is interesting for tourism development: from Murmansk you can quickly and budget friendly get to Scandinavia, tours to the Kola Peninsula with sea fishing, river cruises or foot marches along this amazingly beautiful region are also popular with the holiday-makers.

Tickets are available, passengers can choose flights for the desired dates and pay for them on our website airportnn.ru.

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