Russia airport sells packages with security, check-in – but no flight

  • The Russian Air Transport Agency suspended flights from some airports after the invasion of Ukraine.
  • One has started selling a set of pre-flight procedures without any flights, according to Russian media.
  • Anapa Airport’s “I Wanna Fly” program offers everything a flight does, except movement.

A Russian airport is selling a set of pre-flight procedures – minus the actual flight – to deal with the chaos that has rocked Russia’s industry since its war with Ukraine began.

Details of the package at Anapa airport, titled “I Wanna Fly”, have been published by independent Russian media The Insider.

(The Insider is a Russian media outlet and has no affiliation with Insider.)

Russian Federal Air Transport Agency suspended all flights from the airport at the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

Anapa is near the border between Russia and Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which has been occupied by Russia since 2014.

The closures are an extreme example of the restrictions facing Russian airmen. Many scheduled destinations became inaccessible after the invasion began, with dozens of countries closing their airspace to Russian planes.

The tour, which costs 1,500 Russian rubles or $24, includes check-in, security, waiting at the gate, and boarding a plane that’s not going anywhere.

Customers are allowed to visit the cockpit and be served an in-flight meal, The Insider reported.

The plane also receives a water salute, which normally only takes place for ceremonial purposes and involves the plane passing under plumes of water expelled by fire engines.

Anapa Airport did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

The “I Wanna Fly” tour is similar to when different airlines started offering “flights to nowhere” during the COVID-19 pandemicalthough these often involved taking off.

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