Moscow. June 25. INTERFAX – S7 Sunday completed its first flight from Moscow to the capital of the Italian region of Puglia is Bari.
“The opening of the flight for us – something like a strategic move to strengthen relations between Bari and Moscow, which in recent years has constantly evolved through the efforts of many institutions,” – said at a press conference on Monday, the mayor of Bari Antonio Dekaro.
According to him, the figure of St. Nicholas, whose relics rest in Bari, can be seen as a bridge between West and East, between Europe and Russia. “We are confident that the flight will strengthen long-standing ties between our two peoples that feel close, despite all the sanctions. Thanks to this bridge will be to develop commercial and economic relations”, – added A. Dekaro.
Adviser on industry, culture and tourism Loredana Capone said that now runs only one flight a week, but August will have two on Sunday and Tuesday, and in the future possible even three flights.
S7 airlines opened direct flights from “Domodedovo” airport in Bari on June 25. Departure from Moscow on Sunday at 10:45, arrival at Bari airport at 13:35 local time. The return flight departs at 14:30 and arrives at Domodedovo airport at 19:20. The flights are operated on Boeing 737-800NG.
In turn, the head of the Department for external economic and international relations of Moscow Sergey Cheremin said that the Puglia region is one of the most beloved among the Russians, as many people tend to touch to the relics of St. Nicholas of Bari.
Nikolay Chudotvorets – one of the most revered Christian saints. His relics were brought to Bari in southern Italy in 1087. Before that, they were kept in Myra (in modern Turkey), Bishop of the Saint which he served until his death. Bari merchants kidnapped and brought relics of the Saint to save them from the raids of the Muslims. In 2017 the power for the first time left the confines of the Bari and were transported to Russia, where for two months was available to the pilgrims in Moscow and St. Petersburg.