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    TASS: airlines were allowed to operate “straightened” flights to Sochi from August 30

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    Russian airlines will be able to operate “straight” flights to Sochi through part of the closed airspace in the south of the country from August 30, TASS reported, citing a source in one of the airlines.

    He said that after the “straightening” of the route, the flight time will be reduced by about 30-35 minutes. Later, the authorities may decide to “straighten” flights to other cities. there are not so many planes following.

    The day before, the publication reported that the authorities plan to consider the possibility of using part of the airspace in the south of the country by civil aircraft. It was noted that the decision will reduce the time of flights to Sochi airport from Vnukovo by more than 20 minutes, and back by 10 minutes.

    The tourist portal Tourdom.ru wrote that due to the opening of airspace, the flight time from Moscow or St. Petersburg to Turkey will be reduced in the same way as to Sochi.

    According to According to the telegram from the Federal Air Transport Agency, which is at the disposal of Tourdom.ru, the planes will be able to move through Volgograd and Astrakhan, provided if the flight altitude is more than 10 thousand meters . Now the trajectory of movement in this section passes over Kazakhstan.

    Airspace closure

    Russia On February 24, it closed part of its airspace in the south and in the central part of the country for civilian aircraft against the backdrop of a military operation in Ukraine.

    Flight restrictions affected the airports of Anapa, Gelendzhik, Simferopol, Krasnodar, Belgorod, Bryansk , Voronezh, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don and Elista.

    Sochi Airport did not suspend its work, but due to the closure of airspace in neighboring regions travel time increased from two and a half hours to four hours . On August 26, the flight restrictions were extended until September 4.

    Support for airports

    To support closed airports, the authorities previously allocated 3.1 billion rubles to them, and in mid-August, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin promised to increase state support by another 2.5 billion rubles. In addition, the state will cover the costs of air carriers for the return of money to passengers for flights canceled since the start of the military operation for 19.5 billion rubles.

    – 436 million rubles, the airport of Rostov-on-Don received 296.6 million rubles, Krasnodar – 259.2 million rubles, and Anapa – 111.8 million rubles. The rest of the airports received from 4 to 72.9 million rubles, depending on the lost passenger traffic.

    According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, airports lost more than 8 million passengers over the summer. The presentation of the Ministry of Transport, to which the Vedomosti newspaper refers, notes that airlines due to closed airports in the south will lose 19 million passengers in the whole of 2022.

    The Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency, together with relevant associations, initiated the preparation of a draft resolution to support airports in the face of sanctions and airspace closures. It was assumed that airports would be helped with loans and reimbursed for their core activities.

    However, at the end of July, Vedomosti reported that the Ministry of Finance did not agree on a project proposed by the Ministry of Transport and the Federal Air Transport Agency to allocate 10 billion rubles in subsidies to airports. As suggested by the source of the publication, the Ministry of Finance studied the reporting of airports and could come to the conclusion that so far the airports “everything is not so bad,” and put this project on pause.

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