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Aeroflot may raise ticket prices in the Far Eastern Federal District
Some Aeroflot tickets to the Far East may rise in price. The Ministry of Transport of Russia is developing a transportation model between Moscow and the Far Eastern cities, in which the air carrier will be able to sell part of the tickets at a commercially reasonable rate.
While Aeroflot sells most of the tickets to the Far Eastern Federal District at a flat rate, regularly complaining about the unprofitability of this scheme - it is not subsidized from the budget, but is a social burden on the carrier. Every year, the company turns to the Ministry of Transport of Russia to confirm the right to sell tickets below cost. While the department does not allow to open sales at a flat rate.
Moreover, as writes Kommersant, the Ministry of Transport assures that next year the system with a flat tariff will not change, it will be approved before the end of 2019 of the year. Also, the department does not exclude the possibility that other carriers will fly to the Far East in the future. We are talking about the airlines "Ikar" (affiliated with NordWind) and "IrAero". However, experts doubt that this will happen - the size of the fleet of other companies is not enough for full competition with Aeroflot.
Earlier, State Duma Deputy Chairman Irina Yarovaya appealed to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Government Maxim Akimov with a request to initiate a decision by the Cabinet on support flat rate programs for the Far East. She also asked to expand the program and additionally finance it.
Also, the situation with the lack of sales of air tickets from the Far East to the central regions of Russia alarmed the State Duma deputies. They demanded The Ministry of Transport has proposals for solving the problem. All-Russian Passenger Association turned to the head of the Ministry of Transport, Eugene Dietrich, with a request to solve the problem with air tickets. And here is the Deputy Prime Minister - Plenipotentiary of the President of Russia in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev spoke about limiting airline ticket sales at flat rates. He proposed depriving this privilege of shift workers working in the Far East.