Over the next three years non-residents of Russia will have better access to Sochi airport, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports with reference to press-service of Sochi administration. The decision to implement the open skies mode has been taken during a meeting headed by Dmitry Kozak, said in the statement.
This means that any foreign carrier may perform flights to Sochi airports almost without any restrictions regardless of interstate agreements. In addition, "open skies" assumes visa-free entry to Sochi for the period of 72 hours or less.
The authorities expect 30% increase in the airport’s passenger traffic. This will cause the increase of number of direct flights from Sochi to Europe and Asia performed by Russian and foreign carriers.
“Short-term visa-free travel to Sochi will help avoid significant risks for the national security, decrease of Russian carriers’ income and migration risks. This decision will also give impulse to development of event tourism and weekend tourism, which may increase the Sochi’s popularity”, - said in the press-release of Sochi administration. So far similar mode has been implemented only in Vladivostok.