Operated by TAV Airports, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport welcomed the first flight of Orenburg Airlines from St. Petersburg, Russia as part of Versa Travel’s 2014 summer season operations. 185 passengers coming to Izmir on the first of these flights to be facilitated twice a week, welcomed with flowers.
Operated by TAV Airports, Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport has now a direct connection to Russia's second largest city St. Petersburg with the new flight that Orenburg Airlines launched on Boeing 737-500 type aircraft as part of the 2014 summer season operations that Versa Travel began in line with the increasing demand from Russia to Izmir. The 185 passengers arriving to Izmir at 08:55 hrs., Russian travel agencies and media were greeted at the airport with flowers and cakes. During the cocktail reception, a cake prepared by BTA symbolizing the two destinations with Turkish and Russian flags was cut and offered to guests.
TAV Izmir General Manager Erkan Balcı said “Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport is striving to fulfill its role that it has undertaken as the gateway to Izmir and the region. Today, when Izmir and its surroundings are analyzed, we see that the majority of the tourists make their first entry to the country and the city via air transport. We also see an increasing demand from Russia to Izmir especially during the past few years. In parallel to this, we have now another flight added to those to Izmir as part of the increasing operations of the travel agencies for the recent years. We wish all the best for the direct flights that Versa Travel launched between St. Petersburg and Adnan Menderes Airports. We also thank Versa Travel for their confidence and faith in Izmir."
Versa Travel General Manager Vladimir Dorofeyev stated “We are trying to accommodate the demand we receive from our customers living around St. Petersburg with the charter flights that we launched in 2011 and increased to twice a week this year. Our Izmir flights are becoming very popular with the support we receive from the local hotels and our agencies. In addition, the friendly hospitality and modern facilities at Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport, one of the highest quality airports operated by TAV, play a significant role in this operation. In this context, the positive feedback we get from our customers in terms of service quality they receive in Izmir and Turkey is an indication of the right decision we made about flying to Izmir."
Greeting the guests with a statement "Welcome to Paradise" the General Manager of Naztur - one of Versa Travel's partners in Turkey - Levent Vardar expressed: "The highest quality service provided to our passengers traveling to Kuşadası and Özdere region by the friendly airport personnel at these modern facilities will be maintained with our experienced staff and the support we receive from the hotels in these holiday resorts."
Orenburg Airlines' direct flights between St. Petersburg and Izmir will be facilitated on Sundays and Thursdays until the 23rd of October.
There are flights to 86 destinations in 36 countries through 55 airlines at the international terminal and to 22 destinations with 6 airlines at the domestic terminal of Izmir. Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport provided service to almost 10.2 million passengers in 2013, with an increase of 9 per cent compared to the previous year.