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"Aurora" Increases the Frequency Of Regular Flights From Vladivostok to Tokyo
6.12.2017 17:20

(Source: http://comments.vl.ru/event/78135)

 In winter, the airline "Aurora" (part of the Aeroflot group) increases the frequency of regular flights from Vladivostok to Tokyo (Narita Airport) to three times a week, the airline's press service reports.


      
Flights with increased frequency will be performed from December 12, 2017 until March 23, 2018 at the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400.

      Earlier it was reported that "Aurora" for January-September of 2017 carried 1.2 million passengers, which is 14% more than in the same period last year. Currently, the airline fleet consists of 24 aircraft, including ten A319, eleven DHC-8 and three intra-regional DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. The controlling stake (51%) of JSC Avrora Avrora belongs to PJSC Aeroflot-Russian Airlines, 49% to the government of the Sakhalin Oblast.

      Vladivostok, the capital of the Primorsky Kray (Primorye or Maritime Territory) is one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. Home base to the Russian Pacific Fleet, the city was closed to all foreigners from 1958 until 1991. Modern Vladivostok is looking to develop rapidly as Russia’s money-making, fast-spending, high-living commercial and financial center. Businesses from all over the world have flooded in to take advantage of the city's position as a crossroads of Northeast Asia. As one of only four major seaports, with extensive fishing rights, it also has tremendous potential for economic growth. Vladivostok is Russia's window to Asia, as it is located less than 100km east of the Chinese border, and just across the Sea of Japan from the main Japanese island of Honshu. Vladivostok's unique geographical location is of great interest to developers of international and domestic trade. Vladivostok is now one of the most important regional centers in Russia. The city receives visitors from all over the world, hoping to find here unforgettable impressions and new business partners.

      After Vladivostok was founded in 1860, the city's infrastructure began to take form. Wood clearings at which some boats cast anchor soon became streets and got their names from those boats. That is why we have Svetlanskaya, Aleutskaya, Abrekovskaya and Gaidamak Gardens. One of the most breathtaking streets in the city is Svetlanskaya Street that houses a great number of old buildings and museums. Most of the city’s historic sites are clustered on this street, the original name of which was American Street. Many buildings on Svetlanskaya Street used to belong to foreign businessmen and diplomats. In 1873 the street was renamed for Svetlanskaya, the name of the fregate "Svetlana", board of which the Grand Duke of the Russian Empire visited the city.

      You should visit GUM, Vladivostok's oldest department store, which was originally the property of de Frieze, a Dutchman merchant. The store which immediately became the city's landmark was set up by two German businessmen, Gustav Kunst and Adolf Albers. A truly encyclopedic store by any standard, the Kunst and Albers Trading House could offer anything from a pin to a stuffed tiger. Formerly, Vladivostok ended at Poslednaya Ulitsa, or "The Last Street", bordering on Pokrovskoye Churchyard, which later became a recreational park. Nowadays it is again becoming a memorial area. The old Pokrovsky Cathedral, destroyed by militant atheists in the 1930s, is presently under reconstruction. The city is believed to go through a revival of faith. A Protestant church, which was home to Pacific Fleet's Military Museum for many decades, has been returned to the local Lutheran community. The Roman Catholic Church, which for many years housed the official archives, again holds masses to the sound of a grand organ. The Orthodox St Nicholas Church is being renovated and a new Methodist Church has been built.

      Academic Quarter with a number of research institutes appeared over 30 years ago in a suburban area of Vladivostok, called the “Green Belt”. Institutes of Oceanic Studies, Biochemistry and Automation are considered to be the most important. Botanical Gardens featuring a unique diversity of northern and southern plants are also located in the Academic Quarter.

      If you arrive in Vladivostok by road, the first thing you’ll see in the city is a 30ft bronze seaman waving his hand in salute. If, on the other hand, you arrive in Vladivostok by rail, it means that you have traveled the world's longest railway, the Trans-Siberian. Although, it is also the shortest route between the Pacific and Europe. The region is also famous for its health resorts. Ocean, an international resort for children and teenagers, sprang up on the western shore of Ussuriisky Bay, in Emar Inlet. Terraces of white marble descend to the edge of the picturesque inlet. Nice little inlets best accessible from the sea lie both sides of Emar, and the nearby shallow sandy Lazurnaya Bay is the favorite summertime place of the locals.

      There are a number of summer camps, resort hotels and health resorts famous for their comfort and calmness in the region. Vladivostok has more than 130 monuments and memorial buildings, which can be related to the city’s cultural heritage.. The earliest monument, dedicated to Admiral Nevelskoi, was erected in 1897, and the last monument commemorating the heroic deeds of Russian border guards was unveiled in 1997. Marine Cemetery has a fine memorial area, with a monument to the cruiser Varyag, a symbol of Russian seamen's heroism in the Russo-Japanese war. A wooden statue of three dolphins near the Seamen's Assembly hall commemorates another kind of courage and human greatness. A Canadian sculptor represented in wood the gratitude of dolphins that were saved by Russian seamen from their ice-bound prison in the Northern Pacific.

      
 

Sources: http://tourism.interfax.ru 

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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