Remezov Airport in Tobolsk, Russia, received its first passenger flight. The new airport, built in partnership with SIBUR and the Tyumen regional government, will help boost tourism and investment in the region.
The opening ceremony, which took place on September 24 in the new airport terminal, was attended by Aleksandr Moor, governor of the Tyumen region, Aleksandr Neradko, head of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya ), Mikhail Karisalov, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of SIBUR and other guests of honor.
Now travelers wishing to visit the “original capital of Siberia” will be able to reach the city directly, rather than having to fly to Tyumen and take a four-hour journey by car or train to Tobolsk. , as they did in the past.
The opening of the airport will improve the investment potential of the region and stimulate the development of the tourism-related sectors of Tobolsk, in addition to creating new jobs and improving the quality of life of the inhabitants of the city. Tobolsk is expected to become a tourist hotspot in Siberia. With the launch of scheduled flights, the regional government aims to attract more visitors and actively develop new types of tourism, such as industrial and gastronomic tourism. Business travelers from other parts of Russia will now have the choice of new transportation options.
Passengers on the first celebration flight were able to visit the city’s main attractions. These included classic sites such as the Tobolsk Kremlin, the Romanov Family House Museum, and the Tobolsk Prison Castle, as well as unexpected new locations including restaurants with original Siberian cuisine and the factory. industrial plant of the Zapsibneftekhim subsidiary of SIBUR, Russia’s largest petrochemical complex. . Visitors to Zapsibneftekhim were able to see the production process of polymers used in the medical, automotive, food and other sectors.
Aleksandr Moor, Governor of the Tyumen region:
“This day will go down in the history of the city, the region and the country. The airport, built as soon as possible with the help of the government of the Tyumen region and SIBUR, will become a new engine of tourism and economic growth. I’m sure this won’t be our last project together.“
Aleksandr Neradko, Head of the Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia):
“Today there is a bright new star in the constellation of Siberian airports. Indeed, the pace of construction of the new airport has exceeded all expectations. This type of speed has never been seen before in the history of modern Russian aviation: the airfield infrastructure – the first stage in the construction of the airport – was built in less than two years, as well as a new airport terminal, new flight safety systems and radio and light signaling equipment that allow safe flight operations in difficult weather conditions. It was all done by the hands of the builders. A big thank you to them! And, of course, a big thank you to SIBUR, which has truly shown that it is a socially responsible company. An airport is always a point of attraction and development, creating new opportunities for economic, commercial and tourist growth. I wish the new airport safe and efficient operations around the clock.“
Mikhail Karisalov, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of SIBUR:
“I would like to thank all those who took part in this major project: the manufacturers, the Federal Air Transport Agency for their proactivity, the regional and local authorities for their sincere desire to make the airport modern, safe, comfortable and efficient, and of course, the people of Tobolsk, who actively participated not only in the discussion about the name of the airport, but also gave us valuable feedback during the project. We have placed several key concepts at the heart of this project: safety, quality of life, accessibility to other regions and speed of travel. I really expect that from now on, the professional community that deals with tourism, history and culture will take the lead and bring to life a whole new set of concepts that will allow more people to see Tobolsk as a real gem, a city with almost 450 years of history, and fall in love with this place. “
Regular flights will start arriving at Tobolsk Airport on the night of October 16. Direct flights from Moscow will be operated by Pobeda airline (part of the Aeroflot group) with a minimum cost of RUB 999 per ticket, including airport fees. In the first phase, the airline will operate the route twice a week – Mondays and Saturdays, adding a Thursday flight to the schedule starting in November. From January 2022, Pobeda plans to operate four flights per week, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
By the end of October, the airport will offer two flights per week to Yekaterinburg (Red Wings airline). Additional planned routes include bi-weekly flights to Novosibirsk (S7) and flights to St. Petersburg (Aeroflot), which will be operated up to four times per week. The regional routes have been approved as part of a federal program subsidizing air travel to ensure the affordability of domestic flights, which will help lower ticket prices and make flights more attractive to residents and tourists.
Tobolsk Airport was built with the support of the petrochemical company SIBUR in partnership with the Tyumen region in a record time of two years. It has a 2,400 meter long runway capable of receiving and servicing SSJ-100, Boeing-737 and Airbus A320 / 321 jets. The airport terminal will be able to accommodate up to 380 passengers per hour.