The new autumn /winter timetable of Nizhny Novgorod International Airport ("Airports of Regions" holding company), effective from October 28, is planning scheduled flights to 18 destinations, including nine federal, three international and six flights to the CIS countries. Charter flights will be operated on nine international routes. Winter navigation of 2012/2013 introduces new services from Nizhniy Novgorod to Mineral’nye Vody (October 5), Rostov-on-Don and Sochi (November 17) among international novelties - Larnaca (Cyprus), Phuket (Thailand), Aqaba ( Jordan) and Sharjah (UAE).
Let’s note, that under the new timetable flight frequency on many existing routes increased. Thus, positive changes experienced, in the first place, the main "business" destinations. On October 1, AK BARS AERO opened daily evening service to St. Petersburg. With this flight the number of everyday departures to St. Petersburg increased to two. Starting from October 28, Aeroflot launches extra frequency to Moscow, so the number of its daily flights rises to 4 per day, and the total number of flights to Moscow from Nizhny Novgorod will be 7 per day. Moreover, from October 28 the number of departures to Prague will increase from two weekly flights to three by adding one service, so in the autumn/winter period flights to the capital of the Czech Republic will be operated three times a week - on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays giving the passengers more opportunities for flying.
Tourist destinations are not an exception: charter flights to Sharm el-Sheikh will be, in addition to Orenair, conducted by Ural Airlines. In the autumn/winter period Ural Airlines will continue scheduled flight to Dubai, opened for the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod last year, Rusline and Taimyr will also operate the line. Three carriers at a time - Ural Airlines, Transaero and Orenair are coming on route Nizhny Novgorod – Hurghada. Additionally, the new timetable will also offer traditional for Nizhny Novgorod "winter" flights to Goa and Bangkok.
- Expansion of the route network and increasing of the flight frequency, indisputably, impacts the growth of passenger traffic: since the beginning of this year, we have served more than 600,000 passengers, almost 70% greater than in the same period of 2011 - commented MANN General Director Alexander Sinelnikov. - This also increases the average passenger load and confirms that the citizens of Nizhny Novgorod choose the direct flights rather than Moscow hub services. In case of maintaining the outlined tendency, passenger traffic in 2013 will break the psychological mark of one million passengers.
In addition, as part of preparation for the autumn/winter navigation Nizhny Novgorod Airport carried out a complex of preventive measures aimed at ensuring safety and regularity of flights in adverse weather conditions. In particular, ground support equipment, special vehicles (including aircraft anti-icing vehicles) are ready for use in the autumn/winter period, all transport units passed scheduled seasonal maintenance and repairs. Ice-melting chemicals (liquid and granular) for the apron and runway maintenance and anti-icing fluids for processing different types of aircraft were procured in sufficient quantities. Maintenance of water and heating facilities networks was accomplished, taking into account operation in winter conditions. Personnel passed training for handling alternate aircraft landing, massive flight delays and congestions in the passenger terminal building. Airport operational readiness for the autumn/winter period is confirmed by the flight safety inspection of the Volga Interregional Territorial Department of Air Transport of the Federal Air Transport Agency.