Russian airlines will be able to carry 729,000 passengers within the framework of three subsidy programs through Dec. 1, 2018. The government has set a budget of RUB3.8 billion ($66.4 million) for the carriers.

According to Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency, the Far East subsidy program comprises 57 destinations that connect the region and other parts of the country. It is expected that 446,700 passengers will purchase subsidized tickets. The Far East program includes seven airlines—Aeroflot, Alrosa, NordStar, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines, Utair Aviation and Yakutia. Russian authorities launched the Far East subsidy program in 2009.

The Simferopol, Crimea subsidy program will subsidize more than 114,000 passengers. The program includes 26 routes, connecting the peninsula with Russian regions, excluding Moscow and St. Petersburg. Seven carriers will take part in it—Aeroflot, Azimuth Airline, Alrosa, Izhavia, Red Wings Airlines, S7 Airlines and Ural Airlines. The Crimea subsidy program was launched in April 2014. 

The Kaliningrad subsidy program includes six destinations, subsidies for 167,900 passengers and six airlines: Aeroflot, Nordavia, Red Wings, S7 Airlines, Ural Airlines and Utair. Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave situated west of the country and does not border the main territory. It is surrounded by Poland and Lithuania. The government introduced the Kaliningrad subsidy program in 2011.

Polina Montag-Girmes