Airport Boss Pushes for Airline Start-up

The General Director of Samara’s Kurumoch International Airport has given his full backing to the regional Government’s plans to establish a new regional carrier. Following the collapse of Samara Airlines, part of the troubled AirUnion grouping, Leonid Shvarts believes that travellers have been forced to fly via Moscow to get to many destinations previously served from the airport. He said that there is clear demand for direct flights from Samara to places like Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Perm, Saratov, Ufa and Volgograd.
Lufthansa Consulting is currently working closely with the airport’s management and is in the process of producing a report on the feasibility of such a project. According to official data, Kurumoch International Airport handled 1,391,884 passengers last year, a 5.8% increase on 2007.