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Covid. Support is needed for the Russian aviation industry

Ivanov: "Our airlines are suffering colossal losses"

The head of the Russian presidential administration Sergei Ivanov reported yesterday: the national civil aviation requires large-scale support due to the coronavirus pandemic. "The time is serious. Our airlines are suffering colossal losses. They have to pay huge sums for planes, which are kept on the ground and don't carry passengers for the reasons we know all too well", he said. "International flights, which were previously the most profitable, have been almost completely cancelled, while domestic connections have fallen by 15%", Ivanov concluded.

In fact, most of the international routes currently operated by national companies are repatriation flights of Russians abroad. Only Aeroflot, for example, between 14 and 23 March brought 43,555 Russian citizens back home from places served by its network of connections. Most passengers were repatriated from Berlin (3260), Paris (3152), Prague (3031), Budapest (2938), Amsterdam (2175), Barcelona (1833), Brussels (1811) and Vienna (1745), the same carrier unveiled it.

Instead, according to the data by the Russian Air Transport Federal Agency, in the last week the national airlines have repatriated 19,942 compatriots from the Countries most affected by the epidemiological situation, including Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia and Spain.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency