Air Berlin will start November 1 with flights from Braunschweig international airport Kaluga

MOSCOW, October 21. Air Berlin will start from November 1 in the interests of the Volkswagen group Charter flight program from the German Braunschweig international airport in Kaluga. About this to journalists on the sidelines of the forum “Wings of Russia”, said General Director of international airport “Kaluga” Salavat Kutushev.

“Today we are practicing auditors Air Berlin. We expect that the audit will end on October 30, and the Charter flight program, airlines will start from the 1st of November,” he said.

According to Kutusheva, it is expected that Air Berlin will fly to the airport Kaluga two or three times a week.

“The terminal they liked, and they will fly in the interests of the company Volkswagen,” said the CEO.

Volkswagen in Russia

Volkswagen ranks second in terms of sales in the Russian Federation. In 2014 the group’s sales decreased by 12.8% to 260,775 thousand cars. In Russia the group is represented by the brands Volkswagen, Volkswagen commercial vehicles, Audi, Seat and Skoda. Volkswagen produces cars in Russia at two production sites: at the Kaluga Volkswagen plant and at the facilities of the automobile plant GAZ in Nizhny Novgorod. At first площадкеVWс 2009. produces the CKD Assembly of Skoda Fabia and Volkswagen Tiguan, Polo sedan, Skoda Rapid.The plant also assembles the SKD cars of Volkswagen Touareg and Volkswagen Multivan and Audi cars.

In the summer of 2011 Volkswagen concluded with the GAZ group agreement for a period of 8 years on contract Assembly of Volkswagen and Skoda cars at GAZ’s facilities. At the end of 2012. launched the full cycle production of Skoda Yeti, the plant is also going the Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Jetta. In early March, the company completed the construction of the new body shop at the plant in Kaluga, summer opened in Kaluga own engine plant. Production capacity of the plant is 225 thousand cars per a year.

“Serious decline”

Earlier it became known that the second largest German airline Air Berlin stops flights to Russia.

Since November 9, closes the route Dusseldorf-Moscow, 10 January the Kaliningrad-Berlin, the last flight between Berlin and Moscow will be performed on January 18.

“In the summer of loading was very good. But now there was a serious decline. It was therefore decided to cease operations in Russia. But that doesn’t mean that we’re leaving forever. If demand is stable, we consider our return,” said regional Manager of Air Berlin in Russia, Yulia Vorotnikova.

In Russian cities, the airline performed weekly flights 32.

Possible replacement

Replace Air Berlin on the route Berlin-Moscow Domodedovo will be able Germanwings, reported the press service of the airport.

“Currently, direct flights between Russia (Domodedovo) and Germany implemented by several partner airlines of Domodedovo airport – Lufthansa, S7 Airlines, Ural airlines. Carriers plan flights to destinations Mugen and Frankfurt and in the upcoming season of winter navigation, which will allow the passengers of the air hub with the comfort of travel on these routes”, – said the representative of the airport.

He also noted that since the beginning of the autumn-winter period in 2015 are expected to launch flights from Berlin to Moscow (Domodedovo) Vueling airlines (two daily flights).