Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on subsidized regional air traffic in 2013

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Press and Information Office of the President of Russia

June 18,AEX.RU— Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on the provision in the current year subsidy to airlines for regional air transport, the press service of the Russian government.In the federal budget in 2013 for the above purposes provided for 1.6 billion rubles.

According to the report, approved by a mechanism based on subsidizing the route air traffic between the hub and regional airports at a distance not exceeding ortodromii 1.8 thousand km if the hub is located in the Far Eastern Federal District, and 1.2 million km if the hub is located in the territories of other federal districts.

This approach will provide complete coverage of the territory of the Russian Federation air route network traffic with the minimum requirements in budget allocations to subsidize this segment of air travel, highlighted in the press-service.
In the federal budget in 2013 for the above purposes provided for 1.6 billion rubles.

Annual ridership on the subsidized route must not exceed eight thousand passengers, it is driven by the need to maintain only those routes on which the passenger does not provide a payload of 70-80% in aircraft with a seating capacity of up to 30 people, which does not provide transportation margins and results closure of the route, explained in the press service said.

Given that one of the main objectives of the program is the creation of new and development of existing routes, to ensure the highest possible frequency of flights, which will offer passengers transportation to their convenience and to compete effectively with other modes of transport. In this regard, the decision provides: limiting the minimum frequency for the new routes — at least three flights a week, for historical routes to increase the frequency of flights by at least one flight per week compared with the frequency of flights operated in the previous equivalent period, but not less than four flights a week, the report said.

As the hubs identified eight airports — St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk, Rostov-on-Don, Mineral Water — the annual volume of passengers handled at least 1.3 million passengers served and the share of transfer passengers at least 5% of the total passenger traffic, in accordance with international practice, is one of the main features hub.

One of the differences between this program from working is that subsidies are granted to one air carrier on a subsidized route, the report says.

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