Airline “Volga-Dnepr”, first flew mainly through Sheremetyevo expands the number of Russian airports, which provides transit landing in the international transport of goods. In the spring of airplanes group first began to carry out landing at the airport Zhukovsky. In addition, since the beginning of the year subsidiary AirBridgeCargo increases the number of transit flights through the airport of Kazan, in which the carrier previously did not sit down. Experts say that such acts in all the world’s cargo airlines, as they are not tied to one airport and can vary their selection depending on the proposed conditions.The group of companies “Volga-Dnepr” in the spring performed the first flights with technical landing in Moscow airport in Zhukovsky. According to “Kommersant”, we are talking about Charter flights of two aircraft An-124 and Il-76. The transport of goods from China to Europe and back airline on intergovernmental agreements is obliged to make a landing in Russia, even if does not at a Russian airport cargo operations, although technically the aircraft can fly to the end point without landing.Previously, most flights of the airline were in the capital airport Sheremetyevo. Flights with intermediate loading / unloading operations in the Russian airports easier to perform in Moscow, as most of the shippers or consignees located in the capital, explain the interlocutors of “Kommersant” in the industry of freight transportation.In January a member of the group company AirBridgeCargo (operates cargo Boeing 747) had implemented the first two transit flight in the airport of Kazan. In March, the number of transit flights through the airport increased to four per week in April — up to six or seven a week. “We see the development potential of 10-14 flights a week, plus negotiating the opening of a database service. All flights are operated with technical landing. From the point of view of loading and unloading 90% of flights through Kazan transit. At the moment customers in the region, we’re working on it”— say in the group. Sheremetyevo say that the choice of airport are the responsibility of the airline. “The airport with his hand in the relations with airlines find the best solutions depending on requests, proposals and objectives of the carriers,” said there.Kommersant’s sources say that the commencement of flights through Kazan can also be associated with the desire of group “Volga-Dnepr” to improve the conditions of credit financing. “Last year, the owner of group Alexey Isaikin, several times flew to Kazan for talks with the authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan. Technical landing in Kazan was part of the agreement with local authorities, according to which the carrier can obtain a line of credit at a local Bank “AK bars”,” suggests the interlocutor of “Kommersant” in the freight market.”Volga-Dnepr” say that are interested in cooperation with “AK Bars” and see a certain prospect of such cooperation. In the Bank “AK bars” not comment on this information.In addition, the airline has greatly increased traffic through the airport of Krasnoyarsk. “AirBridgeCargo is forced to abandon the rest of the crew in China and other Asian countries on the way from Europe. Krasnoyarsk is the best choice for stopovers and rest of the crew. About 80% of transit flights through Russia today goes through Krasnoyarsk. It is difficult to say whether this figure is on the same level, however, and after normalization we see great potential of Krasnoyarsk for transit”,— explained in the group.In the past year, the group experienced financial problems due to adverse market conditions, by ending it with a loss. Serious competition for the sector of the traditional cargo airlines were passenger carriers, which until the closure of the international communication loads carried in the cargo compartments of its aircraft. The suspension of international passenger flights because of the pandemic coronavirus has led to shortages of available capacity on the market and the growth of tariff rates and demand for the services of “Volga-Dnepr”.Head Infomost Boris Rybak says that all the world’s cargo airlines operating from different airports, in contrast to the large passenger carriers, as a rule, the educational hub at one airport. The choice is determined by the individual agreements on commercial terms.Herman Kostryns’ka
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