Russia’s Utair Aviation is developing a network in the South of Russia and adding new routes to cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer.

Utair will launch direct flights to the resort town of Anapa from Moscow, Surgut, Ufa and Nizhnevartovsk; to the resort town of Gelendzhik from Moscow and Surgut; and to Sochi from Krasnodar, Moscow, Surgut, Nizhnevartovsk and Tyumen.

The airline will connect Volgograd with Kazan, Samara and Sochi—where the FIFA games for the World Cup 2018 will take place.

FIFA World Cup 2018 routes were an overriding priority when planning the IATA 2018 summer schedule, the carrier said in a statement.

The cup will take place from June 18-July 15 in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kazan, Volgograd and Kaliningrad.

Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviatsia, has prohibited airlines and airports from increasing rates during this period on flights to FIFA World Cup cities and began monitoring ticket prices on March 10.

Polina Montag-Girmes