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The Office highly appreciated the "flat tariffs" from Aeroflot
The participants of the Eastern Economic Forum-2017 in the framework of the panel session discussed the investments of state-owned companies in the Far East. The largest companies, on which the development of the region depends, have agreed to synchronize plans for the future and act in a united front.
Aeroflot, Russian Post, Rostelecom, Russian Railways, RusHydro and other companies told what resources and levers they will use today to achieve the goal set by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the very first Forum - improving the quality of life for people in the Far East.
According to the Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the Development of the Far East Artur Niyazmetov, one of the most important issues is ensuring the accessibility of territories and the development of regular communication. In this regard, he highly appreciated the efforts of Aeroflot to ensure transport accessibility of the region.
“There are positive decisions. For example, the program of subsidizing air transportation to the center of Russia, ”said the Deputy Minister. He recalled that only certain categories of citizens (young people under 23, women over 55 and men over 60, etc.) can use discounted tickets. The program runs from April to October. In this regard, he emphasized the importance of the “flat tariffs” program, which was launched by Aeroflot in 2015.
"For a long time, the Far East people talked about not only retirees and young people being able to use this program, and that it would work all year round. And it is very important that the company Aeroflot came up with, proposed and realizes it. This is in fact a serious factor that improves the quality of life of the Far East. I mean the "flat tariffs" program. The most important thing is that an unlimited list of individuals is available all year round, "said Arthur Niyazmetov. He wished that this program was extended to more cities (now you can fly from "Vladivostok", "Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk", "Khabarovsk", "Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky", "Magadan" by "flat rates" tickets).
According to Shamil Kurmashov, Deputy General Director for Commerce and Finance, Aeroflot PJSC, the mobility of the population has tripled thanks to the flat tariff program. “This is an indicator of the effectiveness of the program. We currently do not have a single Economy Class ticket outside of this fare. If someone you know tells you that they bought an economy class ticket for 3 or 50 thousand, etc. (that is, higher than 60 rubles one way, 13 for a round-trip flight - ed.), this means that they bought from an intermediary, an agent, or this is a fraud, ”the speaker said.
He announced that in the first half of this year, the company transported 350 thousand people at “flat rates”. The average growth is 30 percent per year.
Market participants and experts also positively assess the program's impact.
“It is important that each state-owned company still pursues social goals in addition to commercial goals. Each of us contributes to the development of the region: Aeroflot - connects territories and people, Russian Post and Rostelecom do everything so that people can communicate, feel comfortable emotionally, our company provides energy. Most of these projects won't pay off even after 150 years. But what is important is that it is thanks to this kind of work that one wants to live and work in the Far East, "said Sergei Tolstoguzov, director of the Far East division, PJSC RusHydro.