20 Mar 2020 12:31

Regulator proposes Aeroflot offset losses on evacuation flights by raising Trans-Siberian royalties

MOSCOW. March 20 (Interfax) - The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has demanded that Aeroflot Russian Airlines ensure the affordability of ticket prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and proposed that the losses arising from this be offset by increasing Trans-Siberian royalties.

"In light of Aeroflot's exceptional position on the international air travel market, and effectively in transporting Russian citizens out of other countries, FAS of Russia demands that PJSC Aeroflot immediately take measures to eliminate violations in price policy on plane tickets and ensure the affordability of flights," the Russian regulator said on Friday.

"With the availability of a large number of unused aircraft, an attempt to make money on citizens that find themselves in an emergency situation is unacceptable. The airline's costs on the flight without passengers 'there' can be compensated not by plane tickets, but by increasing rates for air navigation services for foreign airlines on the Asian route," the regulator said.