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Air transport subsidies in the Far East will be changed

Premier Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Ministry of Transport and other relevant ministries to change the rules for subsidizing air travel to the Far East, according to a government resolution following a meeting on the development of the region held in Khabarovsk in early April.

It is about removing restrictions on the length of routes in one direction and reducing their minimum annual frequency.

Currently, only flights are subsidized, which are operated at least three to four times a week, and the maximum distance of a subsidized flight from the region is 2,4 thousand km. At the same time, the local authorities have repeatedly proposed to revise the principles of subsidizing interregional transportation in the Far East, writes Kommersant.

Medvedev also instructed the Ministry of Transport, Aeroflot and Transaero to submit proposals to reduce tariffs for mainline and regional air transportation to Chukotka. At the moment, the price of one-way tickets can reach 30-40 thousand rubles.

The draft of the amendments has already been submitted by the Ministry of Transport to the government. It is estimated that the amendments will require the allocation from the budget of 960 million rubles to subsidize additional 12 routes with an approximate passenger traffic to 300 thousand people. What specific routes in question is not yet specified. 

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