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Government earmarks 4.2 billion rubles for regional air transport

December 27, 2013, 13:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a directive "On the Provision of Subsidies for the Development of Regional Air Transportation of Passengers and Formation of Regional Air Route Networks".

In 2014, provision is made for 4.2 billion rubles of resources for subsidizing regional air transport, with 3.58 billion rubles being earmarked for implementing the signed directive.

The text of the document has been place Friday on government’s website.

The mechanism for subsidizing an air transportation route has been adopted as a basis for the rules of providing subsidies from the Federal budget to air transport organizations for regional air transportation of passengers in Russia in 2014-2016, says a report of the Cabinet of Ministers.

The rules set out an extension of the list of hub airports up to 18.

"The parameters of a subsidized air route are kept intact: 1,800 km — if a hub airport is located in the territory of the Far Eastern District (FEFD) and 1,200 km in the territories of other Districts. Introduced additionally is a mechanism of co-financing together with the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. In the event of co-financing, the length of an air route is not limited," the government report said.

This approach ensures full coverage of Russia's territory by a network of air transportation routes with minimum requirement for budget appropriations for subsidizing, the report points out.

The annual passenger traffic on a subsidized air route should not be more than 8,000 passengers, and 10,000 passengers for the FEFD. The exception for FEFD is accounted for by the lack of alternatives to air transport there.

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