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Aircraft and transport. Russian carriers can cover the domestic demand

This was stated today by the Ministry of Transport; ongoing grant programs

"The practical experience acquired by Russian civil aviation in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic has made it possible to rapidly take the necessary decisions to increase, under current conditions, the accessibility to transport and mobility of the Russian population": a note begins so issued today by the Russian Ministry of Transport. In 2022, to increase the level of mobility of the population, State support measures are implemented for subsidized air routes, for which a significant amount of funds has been allocated from the budget, the statement continues. Programs are currently underway to subsidize regional transport, air links to central Russia from Kaliningrad, the Far East, as well as to support the unified Far East airline Aurora, created in 2021.

In the period January-February 2022, more than 7,000 flights operated under the regional air transport subsidies program, 25% more than in the same period in 2021. More than 436.8 thousand passengers who used preferential air tickets. The subsidy program aimed at guaranteeing the availability of air transport to the population in the period January-February 2022 was used by over 140.3 thousand passengers, 27% more than in 2021, underlines the ministry.

State support is provided to the least protected categories of the population: the disabled, the elderly, young people, parents with many children. In relation to these categories, the right to purchase tickets for the Far East and back for the whole calendar year remains valid. Implementation of these support measures is expected to ensure an increase in passenger traffic at reduced rates of 14% in 2022.

"Despite the restrictions imposed by a number of foreign countries on the use of their airspace, Russian airlines continue their international air transport service. Six Russian airlines operate flights to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan with a combined frequency of approximately 250 flights per week. For foreign flights, our carriers use aircraft that do not run the risk of being confiscated abroad, including 147 Russian Sukhoi Superjet-100 aircraft. In addition, today 29 airlines from Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Belarus, Venezuela, Israel, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Mongolia, United Arab Emirates, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey operate flights to Russia and Uzbekistan", the note reported it again.

"We also remember - the press release continues- that the Russian Ministry of Digital Development and the Federal Tourism Agency have launched a feedback form on the portal of State services for citizens of the Russian Federation who have difficulty returning to Russia, it is possible to transfer data on one's position and receive information on a return ticket, which will facilitate the return home of Russian citizens", the ministry concludes it.

Aurora is a Russian carrier based in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, in the Sakhalin oblast (which in addition to Sakhalin Island also includes the Kuril Islands). It is a subsidiary of Aeroflot that operates national and international flights in the Russian Far East region. Its fleet consists of Airbus A-319/100, Bombardier's Dash 8-200, -300 and -400, and de Havilland Canada DHC-6/400 which operates its charter connections.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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