Russian flag carrier Aeroflot resumed direct flights to Goa from Moscow and Ekaterinburg on September 30. The services will be operated at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport, Aeroflot said in a statement. Besides Goa, the Russian carrier will also operate direct flights from Moscow to Delhi.
In line with a bilateral agreement between India and Russia, the airline will operate three weekly flights from Sheremetyevo airport on wide-body Airbus A330 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Aeroflot said.
From October 3, three weekly flights from Ekaterinburg will be operated on Boeing 737- 800 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, it added.
“These flights operated on A 330 to Moscow will cater to cargo demand from the western side of India, where domestic Indian airlines will be benefitted as feeder carriers, similarly road transport will play a significant role for custom bonded cargo transportation from Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai,” said Karpov Dmitry, Head of Cargo Department at Aeroflot Russian Airlines.
Traditionally, south India is a favourite place for beach holidays of Russians in fall and winter, the airline said, adding the flights are expected to be in high demand.
“Approximately 15 tons of cargo capacity from Delhi and an additional 10 tons from Goa will allow us to take DG (dangerous goods) and other special commodities,” said Anish Khatri, GM Global at Delmos Aviation. Delmos Aviation is the general sales and service agent for Aeroflot Russian Airlines in India.