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Suspension of Transaero flights will hurt the Far East of Russia
On Sunday, the media reported that one of the largest Russian air carriers, Transaero, could suspend flights in December. The reason - a significant debt to aviation fuel suppliers.
At the same time, according to experts polled by EastRussia, the most possible suspension of Transaero’s work will hit the Far East of our country. Today, Transaero translates up to 50% of passenger traffic in a number of destinations between Moscow and the capitals of Far Eastern subjects. Thus, the share of Transaero is especially high on the directions to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. In these areas, Transaero competes with Aeroflot and consistently presents slightly lower prices for air travel, making it popular among passengers.
According to TASS, today the authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that the actual stoppage of the flights does not happen, because the company has a system converting nature for the industry. The debt of Transaero to aviation fuel suppliers is estimated at 2,5 billion rubles by Rosneft and almost 2 billion rubles by Gazprom Aero. “It was assumed that Transaero would receive a loan from Sberbank more than 8 billion rubles for operational expenses, but the bank was able to approve a significantly smaller amount,” says a TASS source familiar with the situation. “There is an urgent search for other options to close the cash gap - maybe attracted by Gazprombank and VTB. "