Volga Cities to Remain Connected by Air Taxi

PHOTO by Pavel Lisitsyn / RIA Novosti

Dexter Air Taxi, a Russian airline, will continue to offer regular flights and services in the Volga Federal District, or VFD, according to a press release sent to Lenta.ru earlier today.

This year’s transportation programme will start on Feb. 1. The routes that were covered in 2016 will still be traversed in 2017, Dexter’s representatives assured, even though the state authorities have closed the subsidy programme for regular flights in the VFD. However, the airline is continuing to negotiate with government officials in order to maintain affordable ticket prices.

In addition to flights in the VFD, the airline offers air taxi services in all other regions of Russia. They fly up to a distance of 2,000 kilometres between cities that have operational airports.

In September 2016, Dexter’s CEO Elbrus Salamov said that most orders for their air taxis came from Moscow for trips to St. Petersburg, Izhevsk, Samara and other cities.

An air taxi is different from charters and other types of flights due to a number of simplifications. The passengers, for example, do not have to undergo lengthy registration procedures and they only need to arrive ten to 15 minutes prior to departure to deal with the necessary formalities.

The airline was founded in December 2004 and it uses Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop aircraft.