Volodin and Vekselberg arrive in new Saratov airport in economy class 

Volodin and Vekselberg arrive in new Saratov airport in economy class
Vyacheslav Volodin and Viktor Vekselberg Photo: Andrey Gordeev/Vedomosti

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin and billionaire Viktor Vekselberg have traveled to the new Saratov Airport.

A test passenger flight to the new air harbor was operated by Pobeda Airlines, Vedomosti reports. Since there are no business class seats on the low-cost aircraft, Vekselberg and Volodin had to fly in economy class. The billionaire sat in a row with increased legroom, the only additional comfort that is possible on airline planes.

One of the flight attendants was Pobeda CEO Andrey Kalmykov. In addition, officials of the Ministry of Transport, the Federal Air Transport Agency, and the State Corporation for Air Traffic Management were also onboard.

Gagarin Airport in Saratov became the second Russian airport after Platov in Rostov built by the holding Airoporty Regionov (‘Airports of the Regions’) from scratch. The expenses of the company owned by Vekselberg for the Saratov project amounted to 8.2 billion rubles ($123 million); 10 billion rubles ($150 million) more were allocated from the budget. 

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