Gomel Airport welcomed a scheduled flight from Russian Sheremetyevo International Airport yesterday. From now on, Nordwind Airlines will service the Moscow-Gomel-Moscow route three times a week: on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Travel time is 90 minutes.
The route is not new: it was used in Soviet times. Gomel Airport is the second largest after Minsk National Airport in terms of passenger traffic and can simultaneously serve passengers of two Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The main destinations from Gomel are Turkey and Egypt – which are mostly used for tourism purposes. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the airport serviced routes to Bulgaria, Montenegro and Tunisia. The coronavirus times have seriously affected transportation volumes: in 2019, there were 139 flights and, in 2020, there were only 80. However, by the end of 2021, 106 tourist charters are planned to be serviced in Gomel.
“This is a landmark event for Gomel residents since travelling possibilities are now expanding. Moscow is becoming a kind of an air shoulder for Gomel. Moreover, the city’s tourist potential is likely to grow,” the Chairman of the Gomel City Executive Committee, Piotr Kirichenko, explains. “We are also studying a possibility of resuming popular Gomel-Kaliningrad flights. Other directions are also being discussed with the Russian company.”