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The fate of Irkutsk International Airport will remain in the hands of the region - the governor

As the Irkutsk governor Sergei Levchenko told the Vedomosti newspaper on Wednesday, the administration of the Irkutsk region intends to leave the Irkutsk International Airport OJSC in regional ownership,

The fate of Irkutsk International Airport will remain in the hands of the region - the governor
"I have my own opinion that in those cases when the state sees only one option for the development of projects, one must be careful not to transfer everything to private property in a row. We have a lot of examples that in the country, that in the region, when private traders, seeing that at a certain stage the project starts generating losses, becomes unprofitable, turn and go. That is why the Irkutsk airport will remain with the region ", - the newspaper quotes S. Levchenko.

He also expressed doubts that any private investor in the current conditions will invest 4 billion dollars in the construction of a new airport. Nevertheless, the governor admitted that now there are four options for the development of the Irkutsk air hub: three of them are supposed to be realized outside of Irkutsk (the existing airport is in the city).

"We created a working group with the structures of Novoport, which will prepare proposals for the modernization of the old port. What will happen next, I will not anticipate yet, but at least we agreed that we will consider four options. In parallel, we independently work on the preparation for the repair of the runway. We will try to reconstruct the international terminal so that people do not wait two hours for customs control, "S. Levchenko noted.

As it was informed earlier, in April of the year 2015 OJSC Irkutsk International Airport was transferred from the federal property to the regional one for the purpose of attracting investments into the development of the Irkutsk air hub on the terms of public-private partnership.
The aim of the project is to increase the passenger traffic by 2020 to no less than 3 million a year. According to the resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation, the authorities of the Irkutsk region should raise at least 2022 billion rubles for the technical re-equipment of the airport and at least 1,1 billion rubles for the construction of a new airport complex (with the exception of the airfield and Unified Air Traffic Management System facilities) until 20.

The former government of the Irkutsk region under the leadership of the governor Sergei Eroshchenko intended to implement the project of development of the air hub by building a new runway (with a turn relative to the existing at 33 degree), a terminal, a logistics hub and a visa-free zone.

As investors for the airport was called "Rostekh" and "Rosneft".