Which team will lift the golden trophy? This is a question that we don’t have an answer to, but, what we can assist you with is, the pre-planning of your valued client’s trip to witness the most coveted sporting event of the world, FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. According to the official FIFA website, over 3 million tickets have already been requested. It is predicted that around 3 million people will be flying to Russia to attend the World Cup Russia 2018. These are indications, that it is due time for aircraft operators to start planning flights flying for World Cup Russia 2018 this summer. In this article, we discuss all the reasons why you should start pre-planning for flying to World Cup Russia now!
· Landing Permit to Russia
When operating flights to Russia, you need a landing permit. The lead time for the permit differs from 1 day to 2 weeks, depending upon the number of passengers in the aircraft and number of aircrafts operating within a month. To maintain a high level of security during the World Cup 2018, extra measures might be taken, which can further delay the lead time for the issuance of the permit.
To avoid delay in permit due to the increased air traffic it is recommended to apply for permits now for smooth operating flights to World Cup Russia 2018, keeping in mind the plausible additional lead time.
· Availability of slots at hosting cities during World Cup Russia 2018
Increased air traffic and demand at the airports in the hosting cities for World Cup Russia 2018, might result in the limited capacity of their terminals, runways, and airways for flights operating to Russia. Russia might impose measures, to organize and plan the traffic to and from the airports in the city, where matches for the World Cup 2018 are scheduled. This will include imposing slot restrictions in the airport for flights operating during World Cup Russia 2018. It is suggested by authorities, that slot confirmation will not be known until two to three weeks prior to the beginning of the World Cup. But aircraft operators must apply at least 30 days prior to the operation of the aircraft. It is recommended to let a reliable flight support partner handle your slot requests for flights flying for World Cup 2018, as delays in processing times or lack of available slots are expected as the event comes closer.
|Name of the City||Airport||Slot requirement|
|Moscow||Sheremetyevo (UUEE)||Slots are always required|
|Vnukovo (UUWW)||Slots are always required|
|Ostafyevo (UUMO)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Ramnenskoye (UUBW)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Domodedovo (UUDD)||Slots are always required|
|St. Petersburg||Pulkovo (ULLI)||Slots are always required|
|Kaliningrad||Khrabrovo (UMKK)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Nizhniy Novgorod||Strigino (UWGG)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Kazan||Kazan (UWKD)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Yekaterinburg||Koltsovo (USSS)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Samara||Kurumoch (UWWW)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Saransk||Saransk (UWPS)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Volgograd||Gumrak (URWW)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Rostov-on-Don||Platov (URRP)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
|Sochi||Sochi (URSS)||Slots required for World Cup Russia 2018 (May 1st- July 31st)|
· Stringent cabotage rules
Cabotage regulations are enforced strictly in Russia and these will be applicable for flights flying for World Cup 2018 too. Foreign carriers are not allowed to transport cargo within the Russian territory if it is picked up in Russia. Similarly, a foreign carrier cannot pick up passengers in Russia, to travel within the Russian territory. If your clients are planning to pick up equipment for the World Cup or a fellow fan, friend, or colleague from Russia en route their stops for the match, let them know beforehand to avoid any inconvenience.
Work with your flight support partner who will be better equipped to inform you about all regulations and assist you to make sure that your client has a hassle-free journey when flying for the World Cup 2018.
· Increase in demand for aviation fuel
More flight will lead to demand for more fuel. One of the most important factor to consider is that you will only find TS-1 fuel available in Russia. For aviation fuel, the better choice is to always go through a reputed flight support provider who can provide you an expert advise and assist with all your fuel requirements. They will not only provide you a cost-efficient solution but with their regional network, will be well equipped to handle all your requirements too.
· Visa consideration
Visa is a pre-requisite for most of the nationalities when traveling to Russia, with visa-on-arrival, not an available option.
Crew visa is available only at few airports, but it can take up to 6 hours to process it. Landing without crew visa might result in escalating fines, or in worst cases a five-year travel ban in Russia. Thus, it is advisable to apply for a crew visa in advance.
Note that FIFA is issuing a Fan ID for anyone buying a ticket for the FIFA World Cup 2018. The Fan ID can be used for multiple visa-free entry into and exit from Russia. This will be valid for 10 days prior to the date of the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and end 10 days after the date of the last match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
For traveling to host cities during the World Cup, crew accommodation and transport should be requested as soon as possible. All preferred hotels are expected to be fully booked for the World Cup 2018, especially during the day when a match is scheduled in the city. Hence, all the necessary arrangements should be made well in advance.
With adequate pre-planning, you can ensure that your client’s scheduled trip to World Cup Russia 2018 is smooth and efficient. Work with a reputed flight support part to ensure a trouble-free trip to the most anticipated sporting event of the year.
Your clients have started their planning for the World Cup 2018, it is time you start it too. Email us now customersupport@iJET.aero to start planning your trip.