On December 20, Air Manas will carry out its first flight from the Bishkek’s Manas International Airport to the airport in Zhukovsky, Russia.
The Zhukovsky Airport, or the Ramenskoye Airport, is located in the town of Zhukovsky, 3 km to the south-west from the railway platform “42 km”, and 36 km (public roads) from the center of Moscow. The international airport in Zhukovsky has the Europe’s longest runway (5,500 km). The airport will operate as a single experimental state and the civil aviation hub of the Russian Federation. There are plans that, by the end of 2016, the airport will have served 350-400 thousand passengers. The next year, this figure is expected to increase to about 2 million.
The Air Manas Airlines was designated as the air carrier on the part of the Kyrgyz Republic for the Zhukovsky – Bishkek (Manas) airline as a result of the competition held by the Ministry of Transport of the Kyrgyz Republic. Air Manas has received commercial rights for regular flights from Bishkek to the international airport in Zhukovsky with a frequency of seven times a week.
According to Yusuf Serdar Erman, Commercial Director, Air Manas, “Our airline is pleased to begin flights to Zhukovsky, since it is fully consistent with the air company’s strategy to expand the air route network and provide passengers both from Kyrgyzstan and Russia with air services at very attractive rates, as well as the ability to fly at our other destinations – to Osh, New Delhi, Urumqi and Kashgar”.
Departure from Bishkek is scheduled for 07:30 pm Bishkek time, arrival in Zhukovsky airport is at 09:10 pm Moscow time. Before February 2017 Air Manas will operate two flights per week. In February, three flights per week with a consequent increase in the future are scheduled.
Air ticket prices will range from $79.99+ for the Bishkek – Moscow segment and $69.7 for the Moscow – Bishkek route, as well as $149.69 for the roundtrip flight. Flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with a capacity of 189 passengers not including crew. (Russian Aviation /Business World Magazine)