The situation in the airline industry called difficult

the Chairman of the government of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin considers “difficult” situation in the market of air carriers, which carry “significant costs” due to pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19. He stated this today at the meeting with General Director of JSC “Aeroflot” Vitaly Saveliev.

the Prime Minister said, “the number of flights domestic traffic decreased significantly, and the practical suspension of international traffic was affected by including in income” of the companies and their work.

At the same time Mishustin said that the government “took a number of important decisions” “to support the aviation industry”. “In particular, has made the aviation industry among the most affected and allocated appropriate resources. In particular, in the framework of this assistance to companies air transport envisages a system of deferments and exemptions. In addition, we have allocated 23.4 billion rubles as compensation of expenses due to the reduction of passenger traffic at all the Russian airlines”, — said the Prime Minister, whose word brings the press service of the Cabinet.

Recall that in connection with the distribution of worldwide COVID-19, Russia from February 1, 2020 closed all regular flights of the airlines of the Russian Federation in China, in addition to flights of “Aeroflot” in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Since February 14 was also suspended Charter flights of Russian airlines. In addition, there was limited air service between Russia and South Korea and with Iran. Later was cancelled some flights to Italy, Spain, France, Germany, there are only flights to the capitals of these countries and several cities, as well as to Israel.

From 22 March, the Federal air transport Agency began to allow flights only in the capital of foreign States, and 26 March, the government stopped regular and Charter transportations abroad, leaving export flights for the return of Russians to their homeland.

Since March 27, regulatoryMoE and Charter flights in airports of foreign States and back, except for flights for the removal of the Russians, has been completely discontinued.

the Exception was the export flights and cargo, postal, health and humanitarian flights, stretches of empty planes to maintenance, transit flights with a landing to refuel (crew change) on the territory of the country and the flights carried out by separate decisions of the government of the Russian Federation.

At the same time for flights between Russian regions restrictions were not introduced, however, due to a sharp drop in demand in terms of quarantine, airlines have started to cancel flights.

At the beginning of July it became known that the Russian government decided to extend the ban on international flights by August 1.

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