Russia’s Ural Airlines Aims to Launch Daily Moscow-Mumbai Flights

Russia’s third largest air carrier by passenger numbers, Yekaterinburg-based Ural Airlines, wants to start daily flights between Mumbai and Moscow, PTI reported.

The airline recently conducted its inaugural Mumbai-Moscow flight.

“India being the most (fastest) developing country in the world, we are trying to open up the route with an aim of having four weekly flights between Mumbai and Moscow, (later) increasing it to daily flights,” said Marianna Galagura, head of its international relations and charter sales department.

“It is a long procedure to get all the permissions. It started in March last year,” she said when asked for a timeline. “This is very important project for us because we consider India as most (fastest) developing country in the world.”

“In the future, we would like to have connecting flights between Sochi and New Delhi as well as between St Petersburg and Mumbai. It is a plan we are working on now,” she added.

Asked if it has any plans of seat-sharing with Indian airlines, the executive said: “We are in the process of that because we consider cooperation is better than competing. We are in process of co-sharing and inter-lining with Indian airlines.”

Ural Airlines currently flies to over 300 destinations.

“We are also adding some Chinese routes and increasing Europe operations,” Galagura said.

The airline has 47 aircraft and would add four more by the end of this year, she said, adding that the company is aiming to increase the size of its fleet to 100 by next year- end.

At the beginning of the year, Ural Airlines said it will aim for new records both in terms of traffic and fleet development in 2019, with 10 million passengers expected.