Aeroflot turns to China in face of sanctions

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines has held a business round table meeting and discussion aiming at strengthening the company's position in the Asian region and more specifically developing cooperation between the aviation business communities of Russia and China as western economic sanctions applied over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea province continue to bite hard into the country’s economy.


Aeroflot turns to China in face of sanctions


Aeroflot – Russian Airlines has held a business round table meeting and discussion aiming at strengthening the company’s position in the Asian region and more specifically developing cooperation between the aviation business communities of Russia and China as western economic sanctions applied over Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea province continue to bite hard into the country’s economy.

 

Nikita Krichevskiy, member of Aeroflot public council underscored the need to strengthen cooperation between Russia and China, “especially in a period of political and economic pressure being exerted on Russia,” he said. “We should not forget about the development of business and tourism ties between our countries. Without a doubt, in the coming years the mutual interest of businessmen and citizens of our countries will only grow. All this will require additional efforts from Aeroflot and the Chinese side to meet the needs of our citizens. If we do not do this – others will do it instead.”

 

During the meeting Aeroflot underlined that China is one of Aeroflot’s top key markets with Beijing & Shanghai two of the most popular routes. The airline executives added that Moscow is a convenient connection between the US, Europe and Asia, which can save passengers up to two hours in-flight.

 

Aeroflot is increasing its fleet and has formed its own new hub in Moscow Terminal D at Sheremetyevo airport, which came into service in 2009. Transit passenger traffic to/from China is a key, driving factor behind Aeroflot’s network configuration. Key transit destinations are Saint Petersburg, Rome, Athens, London, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona. Aeroflot is planning to increase flight capacity up to 17 flights a week to Beijing in 2015.