Belavia became the first carrier to operate into Moscow Zhukovsky (ZIA) on 12 September as it commenced flights from Minsk
The carrier will operate the 676-kilometre sector daily on its E175s according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The first flight, which was operated on one of the airline’s 737-300s, managed to achieve a load factor of 90%. Zhukovsky is now the Russian capital’s fourth commercial airport along with Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. Although no direct competition is offered, Belavia does offer 49 weekly flights between Minsk and Domodedovo when referring to OAG schedules, while UT Air offers a twice-daily service between Vnukovo and the Belarusian capital. Aeroflot also offers 31 weekly flights from Sheremetyevo to Minsk.