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Association of air transport operators (aato), which includes more than 20 airlines and aviation companies have reported difficulties with the development of regional transportation due to the rise in fuel prices. This writes belongs to Grigory Berezkin RBC with reference to the address of the Association dated may 28, addressed to the Deputy Prime Minister and presidential Plenipotentiary envoy to the far Eastern Federal district Yuri Trutnev.
According to the air transport operators Association, rising prices may hinder the implementation of the may decrees of the President, one of the objectives which the claimed increase in the share of regional air traffic to bypass Moscow. The proportion of such flights is mandated to increase to 50 percent.
The cost of kerosene, as reported by air transport operators Association, in 2018 increased by 44 per cent (122,4 billion rubles). In remote and inaccessible regions wherein the fuel is significantly higher than in the European part of Russia.
For example, in December 2018, the cost of a ton of kerosene in the Central regions reached 46,86 thousand roubles, in Krasnoyarsk region — 54.6 thousand rubles, and in the Sakhalin region and Kamchatka — 64,6 thousand and 77,2 thousand rubles, respectively. In the first quarter of 2019, additional fuel has risen in price for 5-10 percent.
According to experts, attempts to shift the rising price of kerosene fully in the price of the ticket will undermine demand, but if prices keep at the current level without government support, many of the regional areas will become unprofitable.
At the end of last year it was announced that due to rising prices for kerosene, air travel on international routes will rise by 25 percent on domestic flights — by 5-21 percent.
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