Vedomosti: Aeroflot, S7 and UTair are not going to cancel the free baggage

MOSCOW, August 2. /TASS/. Aeroflot, S7 and UTair are not going to cancel the free baggage allowance for non-refundable tickets, the newspaper “Vedomosti” with reference to the statements of companies.

“Our tariff system is convenient, passengers got used to it”, – the newspaper quoted the representative of the S7. “Normal fare “light” – up to 10 kg in the cabin to reduce not planned”, – said the commercial Director of UTair Pavel Permyakov. These amendments are important for the development of the lowcost transportation, said the representative of “Aeroflot” and the top Manager of “Ural airlines”. “We analyze the market and the offer of competitors, if we see the need for tariffs without the necessary baggage, they can enter,” adds the latter.

Aeroflot (together with its largest “daughter” of “Russia”), S7, UTair and Ural airlines in the first half moved 71.9% of all passengers of Russian airlines.

Loukoster “Victory”, in turn, plans to introduce new rules and rates “as a whole will be a significant reduction in tariffs as on flights and baggage,” – said the representative of loukoster the newspaper.

As the “Vedomosti” with reference to the research service “”, non-refundable tickets as the cheapest most popular in Russia: in July – December of 2014, the share purchased on “” non-refundable tickets was 65.2%, in 2015-2016 – an average of 73.6% in January – June, 2017 – 72,1% (taken into account only flights in Russia).

In 2014, non-refundable tickets were 12.6% lower return in 2015 – by 19.7%, and in 2016 – by 22.8% this year and 24.4%, estimated service.

The share of non-refundable tickets on flights of Russian airlines, purchased from partners that is about 50%, said PR Director of the aggregator Janis ticket.

At the end of July the President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed amendments to the Air code, according to which airlines are not obliged to carry free of charge baggage on non-refundable tickets; carriers will be able to set the rules and charge for baggage extra cost. The amendments will enter into force 60 days. Now for any ticket, the airline is free to move a minimum of 10 kg of Luggage.

As previously reported by TASS, the Minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, the norm is aimed solely to reduce the cost of air transportation for passengers and can reduce the cost of tickets for non-refundable airline fares by 10-20%.