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FEFD airlines warned of the risk of closing small airports
Airlines of the Far East warned the Russian government about the risk of closing small airports and reducing the frequency of flights. The reason is the lack of money for the modernization of landing sites due to new requirements.
As the RBCA corresponding letter was sent to the head of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers Mikhail Mishustin. In addition to the airlines of the Far Eastern Federal District, the petition was signed by representatives of the industry from the Volga and North-Western districts. The letter to Mishustin was signed by the heads of seven regional airlines, among them - Siberian "SiLA", Yakut "Polar Airlines", "Khabarovsk Airlines", Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise.
In October last year, a decree was issued toughening transport security measures for the landing sites. There you need to install special fences with alarms, video surveillance, provide the site with Internet, recruit a staff of rapid response teams and organize round-the-clock patrolling of the runway. All of this should be done by October 2021.
Approximate costs for modernization of small airports in Buryatia will cost 225–375 million rubles, in Transbaikalia a little more - 400 million rubles, 20–25 million rubles are needed to equip one landing site in Kamchatka (there are 21 small airports in total). About 1,3 billion rubles. need to equip 99 aircraft sites in Yakutia.
The general director of the largest Far Eastern airline "Aurora" said that he has not yet met landing sites in Russia that meet the new requirements.
The Ministry of Transport claims that the resolution will be amended to reduce the costs of operators of small airports. It is planned to complete work on adjusting the decree before October of this year.