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Putin: we will continue to subsidize flights to the Far East
The President of Russia at a large press conference in Moscow said that the program for subsidizing air transportation to the Far East will continue. He denied Aeroflot’s statements about a possible termination of the program.
“Aeroflot is pumping up a bit, squeezing money out of the government to organize these flights. We will continue to work on this program, develop it at the expense of the Far East and other regions, ”the president said.
He noted that for the availability of air transportation, it is necessary to achieve an increase in the income of citizens and lower costs for air transportation.
“We will continue the program, and there are reserves within the reserves of Aeroflot itself,” said Vladimir Putin.
Earlier, the Ministry of Finance of Russia promised to the end of the year to allocate money for subsidized flights from the Far East. At the same time, in 2020, financing for subsidized transport from the Far Eastern Federal District wants to increase by 1,985 billion rubles compared to the amount originally budgeted for the year. Thus, almost five billion rubles will be allocated.
The list of subsidized routes for air transportation of passengers from the Far East and vice versa was expanded in the Russian government. They will begin to operate in 2020. Young people, pensioners, large families and disabled people of the first group are being transported through them.