Today, November 30, 2006 the JSC "Aeroflot-Russian Airlines" starts regular flights on the route Moscow - Mineralniye Vody - Jidda.
Frequency and periodicity of the flights are planned so as to meet specific requirements for this particular route. The majority of passengers are the Muslims, citizens of Russian Federation, traveling as pilgrim to seek hallows in Saudi Arabia.
The flights will be carried out by Tupolev-154 airplane once a week on Thursdays starting November 30 through December 10, 2006, and starting December 26, 2006 through January 7, 2007, and from January 22 through March 31, 2007.The flights will be also conducted four times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from December 11 through December 25, 2006 and from January 8 through January 22, 2007.
Departure from Sheremeteyevo-1 at 6.45, arrival to Jidda airport at 14.45.
Departure from Jidda airport at 16.25, arrival to Sheremeteyevo 1 at 01.00 next say (local time).
The flight route passes the city of Mineralniye Vody in order to enable more passengers, residents of North Caucasus, to travel directly from Mineralniye Vody to Saudi Arabia. Flight No. SU787/788 from Moscow to Mineralniye Vody is the country internal flight, while flight No. SU-503/504 from Mineralniye Vody to Jidda in the international flight. Customs and immigration procedures will be passed in Mineralniye Vody airport. Airplane staying time is two hours.
Main task of Aeroflot for this flight is to ensure safe and comfortable traveling for the citizens of Russian Federation during the Hadj. Launching of regular air communications Moscow- Mineralniye Vody - Jidda is in line with the concept of perspective development of the company and complies with the company's plans to broaden the flight geography in Near and Middle East regions.
In 2005 Aeroflot delivered over 13 thousand of Muslim pilgrims on the company's charter flights. In the first half of 2006 this number was six thousand people. In 2006 the Ministry for Pilgrims Affairs of Saudi Arabia has significantly increased the quota for pilgrims from Russia. Development of economical and cultural ties between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia has facilitated the growth of demand for flights from Russian Federation to Saudi Arabia.
To plan your own trip, get more information, book tickets, please call 8-800-333-55-55 round the clock toll free phone of Aeroflot Information and Reservation Center. Moscow call-center phone number is (495) 223-5555, in Saint-Petersburg, please, call or fax 8 (812) 718-5555.
JSC “Aeroflot – Russian Airlines”. Based in Moscow, Sheremetyevo Airport. Founded in 1923. The biggest Russian aviation company controlling about 11% of domestic and 39% of international transportation markets of Russia. Member of global aviation alliance Sky Team, elected by the readers of Global Traveler magazine as the "Best aviation alliance". In 2005 Aeroflot delivered 6,8 million of passengers in 89 cities of 47 countries. Having a fleet of 88 vehicles Aeroflot performs 302 flights a day. Net profit of the company in 2005 was 6.032 billion Rubles. More details about the company are available at: www.aeroflot.ru and www.skyteam.com