Palermo and Moscow connected by direct flights, twice a week thanks to the airline Pobeda.
The connections, which will take place on the Moscow Vnukovo airport, are added to the others currently operated on Moscow Semeret’evo.
Pobeda, the low cost airline of the Aeroflot group officially presented the initiative, which will start tomorrow, September 6th.
The high number of bookings has prompted the company to make annual and not just seasonal flights, as originally planned.
Poveda, a newly established low-cost airline with a young staff, has a fleet of 16 Boeing 737-800NG. Two years ago it became part of the top ten Russian companies, carrying two million passengers. The company’s goal is to enter the top five by carrying ten million passengers.
Palermo is the third destination of the Russian company in Italy, with Bergamo and Pisa.
The mayor Leoluca Orlando has expressed great satisfaction, and announced that in January the teatro Massimo will be present its program in Moscow, as well as in Paris, so the direct flights promise to be very useful to promote cultural exchanges, as well as tourism and due to work displacements.
“Favoring these air connections is certainly a victory” said the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Palermo Evgeny Panteleev, recalling that, победа, (Poveda) in Russian means victory.
Fabio Giambrone, president of Gesap, the company that manages airport services, recalled that the airport has a positive trend both for profits and for the number of passengers, confirming itself so important for the economy of Palermo and Sicily as well. At the presentation were present, among others, also the head of the company Pobeda in Italy, the president of Confcommercio of Palermo and Enna, Alessandro Albanese, the president of Federalberghi, Nicola Farruggia and the municipal councilor Andrea Cusumano.
Leoluca Orlando and Evgeny Panteleev during the press conference