A-Group FBOs remain open in Russia through Covid-19 crisis


A-Group FBOs at Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow and Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg, Russia are continuing to provide a full range of services for business aviation passengers and aircraft during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company has confirmed.

Russian authorities suspended regular international flights on March 27 and the country’s Federal Air Transport Agency has defined a special procedure for coordinating international business flights.

Applications for flights by aircraft with a passenger capacity of less than 20 seats must be submitted to the Agency at least 24 hours before the planned arrival and need to include details of all passengers and crew. These applications are considered individually.

Arrival of international business flights into Moscow is only being permitted at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

In accordance with Russia’s Administrative Regulations on Sanitary Quarantine Control, passengers have to undergo checks and health controls after arrival.

When the emergency regime was introduced in Moscow region, A-Group’s FBO at Moscow Sheremetyevo was prepared for measures to ensure epidemiological safety. Quarantine control staff and doctors are on duty 24/7 to check the health status of all passengers by remotely measuring each passenger’s temperature and conducting a survey; if necessary, staff issue an order for self-isolation or observation.

The terminal is equipped with sanitizers and hygiene products, information materials and medical masks. Rooms in the terminal are thoroughly cleaned after each flight. Arriving luggage is also subjected to sanitary treatment. All FBO staff have a daily medical check-up. The use of personal protective equipment and hygiene measures is mandatory. The same measures are being taken in Terminal A of Pulkovo International Airport.

According to A-Group during March and April there was a decrease in passenger traffic because of the Coronavirus, especially in international traffic, as was expected. At the same time, the company said that the number of flights into Sheremetyevo and Pulkovo decreased less than the industry average in Russia and Europe.

Sergey Semenov, president of the A-Group said, “The main tasks of our infrastructure in the current circumstances are to protect the health of passengers and staff, as well as to ensure the seamless maintenance of flights in compliance with all procedures and directives issued by Federal Air Transport Agency, ICAO and other industry regulators. Business aviation in general, and our terminals in particular, allow us to provide not only exceptional passenger safety in every way, but also social distancing, which plays an important role in preventing the spread of the virus.”

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