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International conf on air transport infrastructure to open in Moscow

April 24, 2012, 7:08 UTC+3

The conference will end April 25

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MOSCOW, April 24 (Itar-Tass) — An annual international conference ‘The Infrastructure of Air Transport’ opens in Moscow Tuesday.

“A fast growth of volumes of transportation provided by the Russian airlines poses a serious challenge to other segments on the aviation industry, and especially the ground facilities at airports,” Alexei Komarov, the chairman of the organizing committee of the conference told Itar-Tass.

“This concerns, in part, remotely located or little-used airports,” he went on. “While the federal airports in Moscow and in big cities are developing at a fair pace, the hubs used by regional and/or local airlines are developing but far from efficiently.”

“Such airports need a close watch over their operations on the part of government organizations and the aviation community, since the development of a big number of regions, and especially in the eastern parts of the country will depend on modernization of airport’s infrastructure,” Komarov said.

As Russia is approaching a whole chain of large-scale international events where the mass attendance of people is expected and the airlines are actively overhauling their fleets of jets with the products of foreign manufacture, this “sets forward new tasks before airport managements,” he said.

The conference brings together officials from state organizations, airport and airline executives, finance and insurance experts. This makes up about 140 persons all in all.

It will be held in the format of four sessions that will consider the current status of and the forecasts for the development of airports in this country and integration of Russia’s air navigation system into the global one.

Special reports will be made on the status of regional airports and the experience gained in the efforts to keep the airports in the northern parts of Russia operational.

Particular attention will be given to the ensuring of jet fuel for Russian airports and to the formation of prices.

The conference will end April 25.

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