The EU and the Russian Federation finally agreed to phase out costly Siberian overflight fees by 2013. "This is a big success. The agreement will significantly improve the competitive situation of our European airlines and ease their operations between Europe and the growing markets in Asia," European Commissioner for Transport Jacques Barrot said. In 2005-06 EU carriers paid about $331 million to Aeroflot for the right to fly over Russia on the way to Asia. In 2003-04 the amount was $250 ...

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