In 2023, subsidised air travel in the Far East grew by thirteen per cent

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In 2023, the growth in subsidised air travel made it possible to maintain the accessibility of air transport for residents of the Far Eastern Federal District and preferential categories of citizens. In total, more than 10 million passengers were carried on Far Eastern routes during the year, which is 13% more than in 2022, the Russian Ministry of Transport said.

Under subsidy programmes in 2023, airlines carried about two million passengers on 95 routes in the Far East, which is 11.9% more than in 2022. Within the Far Eastern Federal District, almost 419,000 passengers were carried on 38 socially important routes, which is 18 per cent more than in 2022. The total volume of subsidised air travel in Russia at the end of 2023 reached 4 million 744 thousand passengers.

The largest contribution to the increase in passenger traffic was made by programmes to subsidise the development of the regional route network, ensure accessibility of air transportation for the least socially protected categories of the population and support the unified Far Eastern airline Aurora. In 2023, the total amount of support under these programmes was more than RUB 30 billion, most of which was allocated to Far Eastern operations.

In 2024, all air transport subsidy programmes will continue. A total of more than 25 billion roubles has been allocated for these purposes, of which more than 60% is allocated to Far Eastern flights. It is planned that this year the number of subsidised flights in the Far Eastern Federal District will increase, which will make air transport even more affordable for the region’s residents.