Putin orders creation of new far-east Russian airline

Putin orders creation of new far-east Russian airline

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Russia’s government is interested in creating a new airline serving the country’s far east.

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, is reported to be interested in starting a new Russian carrier, dedicated to serving the remote areas in the east of the country.

Putin has instructed his government to submit proposals for creating an airline that uses only Russian aircraft, powered by domestically-manufactured engines.

Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has been ordered to draw up the proposals by the end of this month.

Rostec, the country’s aerospace and defence corporation, has expressed its support for the project.

Aurora, a subsidiary of Aeroflot based in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, already operates in the region, however figures show that airline is under-performing.

Aurora’s 2018 results fell short of its 2.4 million passengers projection, serving only 1.6 million.

In addition to the new airline, the government announced in 2019 that it would be renovating and modernising 40 airports in the far east region.