GOMEL, November 10 (BelTA) – The first resumed scheduled air service flight has taken off on the Moscow-Gomel-Moscow route, BelTA has learned.
Russian airline Nordwind’s first flight from Sheremetyevo to Moscow arrived in Gomel on time.
The flight will be operated three times a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The company will operate a Boeing 737-800, Airbus-321, which can accommodate 180-190 passengers. The journey time is an hour and a half.
Passengers can purchase tickets at the airport ticket office, on the airline’s website, and from tour operators nationwide. Three rates are available: without baggage with hand baggage, with baggage and business fare. Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result.
According to the mayor of Gomel Piotr Kirichenko, the resumption of air communications with Sheremetyevo offers additional opportunities for the development of tourism potential.
For the convenience of passengers, Gomeloblpassazhirtrans has adjusted the schedule of buses on the city road number 59 Station-Airport. According to the public services department of the town hall of Gomel, the buses will leave from the Station bus stop at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesdays and at 6:25 p.m. on Mondays and Saturdays. Buses will leave the airport at 11:55 am on Wednesday and at 8:05 pm Monday and Saturday.
Gomel Airport is the second largest airport after Minsk National Airport in terms of passenger traffic. The capacity of the passenger pavilion of the terminal allows simultaneous service to the passengers of two Boeing 737-800s.
There are tourist flights from Gomel to Turkey (Antalya) and Egypt (Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada).
According to the company, the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the volume of flights. In 2020, only 80 tourist charters were carried out from Gomel. In 2019, there were 139 such flights. Flights to Egypt have been suspended for several months. In 2021, flights to Turkey resumed. Flights to Bulgaria, Montenegro and Tunisia have also been suspended. The flights to deliver workers of the oil industry from Gomel to Nizhnevartovsk and Surgut have been completely interrupted. By the end of 2021, the airport plans to serve 106 tourist charters.