Airports of Regions MC to take over Tobolsk Airport
SIBUR and Airports of Regions MC have signed a cooperation agreement under which the Tobolsk airport infrastructure will be trusted to the operator’s management upon commissioning. The Management Company will tackle the ground service of aircrafts, upkeep of the airport’s technical readiness, passenger airlift, and attraction of airlines for developing a network of regular flights to Tobolsk. A respective agreement has been signed by the sides for 5 years.
“Tobolsk is a modern, multi-faceted city which has largely managed to preserve its historical-cultural legacy and traditions in tandem with modernity. Its unique identity is augmented by historical, natural, and industrial sights: this juxtaposition can make this city a major attraction for travellers. In addition, the city has long been a centre of business and industrial tourism. The airport may well breathe new life into the development of these destinations and enable a wide circle of curious people to get to know the city and the region from new angles uncommon for the middlebrow,” stressed Marina Medvedeva, Managing Director and Board Member of SIBUR.
“The opening of passenger flights will improve the quality of life for people of Tobolsk and the region as a whole. The new airport will give an additional impulse to the development of domestic tourism in Russia. In addition, this facility will increase the economic connectivity of the territory through the expansion and modernisation of infrastructure and will make this place a gravity centre for regional investments," said CEO Zapsibneftekhem Maxim Rogov.
“Our company boasts extensive experience in running and managing airports. In our work we focus on the quality of services for passengers. I am confident that Tobolsk residents will duly appreciate the convenience of travels from the new airport, and this will definitely be saluted by visitors to the city, for whom the airport will be a gateway to the region. This will be a rewarding experience for them,” said Evgeny Chudnovsky, CEO Airports of Regions MC.
Airports of Regions MC is a leading Russian company for integrated airport management and development. To date, Airports of Regions manages international airports in Ekaterinburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Saratov, and is also implementing modernisation projects at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and Novy Urengoy airports. By the end of 2019, some 15.5 million travellers used the services of the airports managed by Airports of Regions MC.
The Tobolsk Airport’s runway commissioned in March 2021, can accommodate medium-haul aircraft. The capacity of the Tobolsk air hub will be up to 380 people per hour. The airport is due to open for scheduled regular flights in autumn 2021.