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Thu, 15 December 2022

Aeroflot to Launch Moscow - Kirovsk Flights; Carries Ski Equipment for Free

(15/12/22)  Aeroflot has unveiled plans to launch flights between Moscow and Khibiny Airport, approximately 32km from Kirovsk - a popular skiing destination in the Arctic.

Scheduled to take off on 30 December 2022, the airline will operate thrice weekly flights to Kirovsk from Terminal B on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays, using Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flight SU1346 is timed to leave Moscow at 11:50 and arrive in Kirovsk at 14:20. The return leg, flight SU1347, is slated to depart at 15:20, arriving in Moscow at 17:40.

Aeroflot Boeing 777 reg: VP-BGD. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
Aeroflot Boeing 777 reg: VP-BGD. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Kirovsk is located at the foot of the Khibiny Mountains on the Kola Peninsula, where the Khibiny ski resort complex is situated. The landscape varies from gentle slopes to rocky peaks attracting both beginners and advanced off-piste skiers.

The Khibiny ski season lasts from mid-November to June. Seeing the northern lights is another reason to visit Khibiny.

Aeroflot Carries Ski Equipment for Free

Until 30 April 2023, Aeroflot passengers can carry one set of 'ski kit' equipment weighing up to 23 kg for free.

A 'ski kit' constitutes either a case with one pair of skis, one pair of ski poles and one pair of ski boots (which can be packed separately), or a case with one snowboard and a pair of snowboarding boots (which can be packed separately).

The airline also normally offers passengers an extra 23kg of complimentary checked baggage enabling them to travel with surfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, wind-surfing and diving equipment.

A surfing (kitesurfing, wakeboarding, windsurfing) kit may include: not more than two surfboards, not more than three sets of fins, binding, wetsuit, special-purpose footwear and other accessories with a total weight of under 5 kg.

A windsurfing set also includes a sail with a mast in a case (total weight of the case is included in the overall weight of the set).

Divers can transport: a buoyancy vest, wetsuit, helmet, gloves, one pair of boots or flippers, a snorkeling set and additional equipment with a total weight of under 5 kg.

The extra baggage allowance for ski, surfing, diving kit is not taken into account when paying for excess baggage, is not indicated on the ticket and is provided according to general rules of advance booking of oversize and non-standard baggage provided the aircraft has space available.

In 2021, Aeroflot carried 21.4 million passengers (45.8 million passengers as Aeroflot Group including subsidiaries - Rossiya Airlines and Pobeda Airlines).

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