The airline “Aeroflot” may suspend flights between Moscow and Yakutia from the end of October, selling tickets for the winter season has already been closed.
The reason for the possible closure of the flight, according to the source, is “a non-partnership position” of airport Bratsk, which is the alternate airport for emergency landing. Now, to use the airfield as an alternate, the company needs to enter into a commercial agreement and to pay an additional fee that will certainly ensure the loss-making flights to Yakutsk. “Aeroflot” already pays the same fee airport Neryungri for the opportunity to use it as a backup in off-hours on another piece of the route, reported “Interfax” said a source close to “to Aeroflot”.
Meanwhile, the airline “Yakutia” will be able to compensate for the need of inhabitants of the Republic in the event of termination of flights “Aeroflot” in Yakutsk, said the General Director of airline Olga Fedorova.
“Definitely enough forces and means. We sharpened. The objective of the airline is to solve the issues of accessibility in case of any other problems. We have enough forces. We plan to continue the flights during the winter season and in low season. Will provide air transportation to the public and will connect the Republic with Moscow, as it always did. If necessary, increase the frequency of flights”, — said Olga Fedorova.
She stressed that “Aeroflot” does not conduct mass actions of dempingovali prices on tickets, and that helps to avoid the “turmoil in the aviation market”. Thus, according to her, currently it is difficult to say how the departure of “Aeroflot” will affect the pricing policy of the “Yakutia”.
“Now it is difficult to say about the rising price of tickets. To say that we will reduce the cost — definitely not. Yes, low season is, of course, there is a demand, but if “Aeroflot” will go, then we will consider,” — said Fedorov.
In a press-service “Aeroflot” have refused comments, but said that the company now flies from Moscow to Yakutsk daily. In fact, Aeroflot pays the airports just for the opportunity of flight, “and it looks like it is a new business for airports”, says a source in “Aeroflot”. “If no agreement is reached, the flights to Yakutsk will be cancelled,” he said.
The airline based in Yakutsk airport, performs regular flights across Russia, the international regular and Charter flights. The fleet consists of 18 aircraft of Russian and foreign production, including the Boeing 737NG, Bombardier Q-300/400, Sukhoi SuperJet 100, An-24. Property relations of Yakutia owned 73,41% shares of the airline, OJSC “RIK plus” (100% owned by the Ministry of property of Yakutia) — of 23.66%, sue “unitary enterprise of Sakha(Yakutia)” — 2,93%.