Russia’s UVT Aero Airlines refuses to fly to Georgia

UVT Aero Airlines, Russia, has canceled its direct flights from Chelyabinsk, Russia, to Georgia. The first flight was to take place on June 23, and air ticket sales started a few weeks ago.

Airline representatives say they expected a 70-80% load, but this destination was unclaimed. The management of the airport in Chelyabinsk also indicates a low demand for Georgia, as compared to other destinations.

According to experts, the problem of bad load for flights to Batumi is typical for other Russian cities, where Sochi, Simferopol and Mineral Waters in Russia, as well as Antalya, Turkey, remain leaders in the international air route network.

UVT Aero refused from its Chelyabinsk – Batumi flights. Direct air service between Georgia and the Chelyabinsk region of Russia was planned to start on June 23. However, the air carrier canceled flights due to unclaimed destinations, the Air Company informed Kommersant-South Ural.

“On the Chelyabinsk – Batumi flight, the airline expected about 70-80% of the load of passenger seats, that is, a similar load, which was from Kazan and Perm to Batumi in 2018. The flight was canceled due to the lack of demand for this air route. The cost was competitive and roundtrip travel would cost RUR 20,400+ (depending on EUR exchange rate).

In April 2019, Dmitry Myasnikov, Commercial Director, Chelyabinsk Aviation Enterprise, announced at a meeting of the region’s industrial policy committee of the region that the air carrier launches commercial flights from Chelyabinsk to Gelendzhik and Batumi. Aircraft to Georgia were supposed to fly once a week: to Batumi – on Sundays, back – on Mondays. Air ticket sales started a few weeks ago. It was planned that the Chelyabinsk – Batumi flight would be operated until September 22, 2019.

Yuri Konkov, Director, Chelyabinsk Airport, reported in his recent interview with Kommersant-South Ural that, as compared to other new destinations, the flight to Batumi was in little demand. “Oddly enough, Batumi showed low demand. There are quite loaded flights to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Dushanbe, Tajikistan. As for Batumi specifically, this destination from other Russian cities is loading worse than the leaders of the resort demand, such as Sochi, Simferopol and Mineral Waters in Russia and Antalya, Turkey,” Mr. Konkov said.

We noted earlier that UVT Aero refused from its direct flights from Perm to Batumi and Gelendzhik, which were carried out in the summer of 2018.

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