Tourists from Russia make up the majority of visitors to Goa. With the tourist season just around the corner, India is looking forward to welcoming a large number of Russian tourists.
Russian flag carrier Aeroflot on Monday said it is ready to start its flights to Goa from Moscow from November 2.
The airline currently operates its flight services on the Moscow-Delhi-Moscow route twice a week with an Airbus A330 aircraft.
Aeroflot will fly its Airbus A330 aircraft every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from Moscow to Goa, offering 28 seats in business class and 268 in economy class, the statement said.
In addition, the new services will also offer a weekly cargo capacity of 30 tons from India to Russia and CIS countries, he added.
“Goa is a popular tourist destination among Russians. We are launching our flights three times a week on the route Moscow-Goa-Moscow. This means the expansion of our Indian services in response to customer demand,” said Korolev Oleg K., head of cargo at Aeroflot.
The Goa-Moscow route is another high demand route between India and Russia. The flights will support the recovering tourism market in both countries, said Delmos Aviation, which handles cargo sales and reservations for Aeroflot in India.
Tourists from Russia make up the majority of visitors to Goa. With the tourist season around the corner, India is looking forward to welcoming a high number of Russian tourists, she said.
It is a good start and will boost the tourism industry in the coming tourist season. It will also help streamline cargo movement, said Naveen Rao, director of Delmos Aviation.
“(As) most airlines still do not fly to Russia due to various sanctions. This affects the supply chain of cargo from the western region. Aeroflot flights from Goa will help bridge this gap. The weekly flights from Goa will further strengthen and streamline the supply chain for both pharmaceutical sector, as well as for other industrial sectors of goods,” he added.
India is the primary exporter of basic pharmaceutical supplies to Russia and the CIS countries. According to Rao, the West Indies is a hub for many pharmaceutical companies and other perishable goods.
“Apart from extensive coverage in Russia and the CIS region, these flights will further help in expanding our network in the region. It will facilitate the movement of the supply chain. We see a definite increase in demand for air cargo logistics services in Russia and the CIS nations,” said Rao.