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Pioneering air link to connect five major Siberian cities

By The Siberian Times reporter
28 January 2013

A twice weekly service starting in Irkutsk will fly to Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk and Tyumen.

The new routing answers a need in Siberia for flights linking its major cities. Astonishingly, often passengers have to take the train or fly via Moscow to reach other Siberian destinations.Picture: IrAero 

Operated by IrAero, based in Irkutsk, it will operate from 1 March. 

The routing answers a need in Siberia for flights linking its major cities. Astonishingly, often passengers have to take the train or fly via Moscow to reach other Siberian destinations.

'This route was initially designed to connect the capital of Eastern Siberia with neighbouring Krasnoyarsk and Novosibirsk regions,' said IrAero. 

'The flight proved to be very popular, with all tickets usually sold in advance'.

Now they expect a further boost by adding Omsk and Tyumen to the schedules.  

It will leave Irkutsk twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, with return flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. 

'The flight is aimed most of all at people from Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk and Omsk as there is still no air connection between Tyumen and these cities,' said a spokeswoman.  

'All flights will be served by the Bombardier CRJ100'.

Comments (3)

at last! I needed to travel from one part of Siberia (south) to the east of the region. There was no way I could do it without getting to Moscow. Sheer madness - I paid triple to what it should have been, I wasted money, and I felt like an idiot going backwards half a distance, and then flying a new length forwards. Well done Irkutsk Aero, good luck to you!
very frustrated traveller, Russia
28/01/2013 23:35
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but how much it costs? you not say
Oleg, Omsk
28/01/2013 23:52
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I may be mistaken but I'm assuming the young man in uniform is the pilot? If so I hope his flying skill is better than his dress sense. If I saw a pilot in the UK wearing his uniform so sloppily, I'd assume his flying skills were at a similar level and choose another airline. He does his company and his profession no credit by showing such a sartorial lack of dignity and self-respect. Uniforms are supposed to be worn with a sense of pride at what they represent. Like the two stewardesses who are definitely upstaging him...
Philip, UK
29/01/2013 17:18
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