Airlines of the Russian Federation may sustain 8-9 billion rubles of losses due to the cessation of flights to Egypt


MOSCOW, November 16. The exception of the Egyptian destinations could bring Russian airlines 8-9 billion rubles of losses annually.

The journalists in the Commission under the RF President for development of General aviation the Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov.

“The airlines are fulfilling their obligations to tourists, their export from the territory of Ellipta, tickets are already paid for, but no flow. Accordingly, because the flight is half empty, it generates additional losses in the airline. We see that the exclusion of Egypt from international routes of air travel a year can bring to 8-9 billion rubles of losses to our Russian airlines”, – said the Minister.

According to him, about the same, “a little less” airlines will lose on the termination of air links with Ukraine. “So, of course, the aviation industry, which really must be confessed, will not receive revenue to which it was calculated, defining the scope of its services, by ordering aircraft, taking loans from banks,” said Sokolov.

He noted that, “of course, now with the airlines and the market participants worked out the measures that will support the industry in this situation.” “They have been formulated and sent to the government of the Russian Federation. We will try to do it as quickly as possible. Of course we should not allow our aircraft fell on the wing”, – he stressed.

Sokolov also said that it is urgently necessary to strengthen measures of transport-related security measures to passenger screening and monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage. “Of course, we need, first, to strengthen measures of transport-related security measures to passenger screening and monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage and other materials and components aboard the aircraft,” he said.

He also noted that the transport Ministry would submit to the government a proposal on assistance to carriers forced to cancel flights to Egypt. “We will prepare and send to the government a proposal that would help our carriers to overcome the crisis and emerge from it with minimal losses,” – said Sokolov

On the situation with Egypt Air

Sokolov also said that the Egypt Air company has not yet provided a programme of aviation security. From 14 November, the Federal air transport Agency has banned Egypt Air flights to Russia.

“We need to get the aviation security programme. While the company has not provided it. It is stipulated by the agreement on air communication. She flew in weekly mode. But as we have seen, risks and threats over the past period has increased. We need to see compliance and the adequacy of measures taken real risks and threats that are all passengers using the Egyptian direction,” he said.

The Minister recalled that the country’s leadership adopted urgent measures for temporary suspension of flights to Egypt, not only to Egypt Air, but also in relation to “to Aeroflot”.

“It adequately to all. And until we get the results of the work of the technical Commission on accident investigation, disaster our ship until we verify in the relevant security level and the requirement of transport security in the Egyptian airports, of course, this measure of suspension will continue to act,” he said.

Ban on flights

The Russian President Vladimir Putin on 6 November agreed with the recommendations of the National anti-terrorism Committee to suspend air traffic with Egypt. Putin also instructed to provide assistance to Russian citizens in return from Egypt.

At that time in an Arab country there were almost 80 thousand Russians.

As has explained press-Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov, this measure is entered not until after the investigation into the crash of an Airbus A321 “Kogalymavia”, until then, until will not be provided the proper level of security.