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Flights Resume From Sakhalin to Phuket  

Charter flights from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Thailand will resume after a four-year break, as Russia’s Far East tourism reconnects with Southeast Asia. Tour operator Pegas Touristik together with the Russian regional Ikar airline will service the route to Thailand. Flights EO 3629/3630 will be operated on the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Phuket – Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk route. Sakhalin is north of Japan. 

The flight program is being implemented from April 26 2024, to October 19 2025, with a frequency of once every two weeks on a Boeing 777 aircraft. The length of the route is over 6,000 km, and travel time will be about 8 hours.

Customs officers are preparing for the opening in mid-May of this year of a second regular flight from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Beijing. Regular flights from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Harbin, China resumed in the summer of 2023 after a three-year break. “In the first quarter of this year, almost 2,000 passengers crossed the border of the Sakhalin region on this line bound for Harbin and back. 

Last year, passenger traffic from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Harbin and back reached nearly 4,700 people. Flights to Harbin are operated twice a week, and once per week in winter. Harbin was founded by the Russians in 1898 as a railroad station on the Trans-Manchurian Railway and has preserved much of its Russian-style architecture.

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport served 293,100 passengers in the first quarter of 2024, which is 7.4% more than the same period last year; international flights were operated only to Harbin. The airport is the base airport for Aurora airlines and served over 1.4 million people in 2023, a 12% increase over the year before. The airport serves eight airlines, who operate flights to 13 Russian cities and 8 towns within the Sakhalin region.

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