Vladimir Putin held a videoconference on supporting the aviation industry and air transportation, presidential web page reports.
As Putin noted, “Due to the coronavirus epidemic, air traffic is facing forced restrictions. Perhaps the most serious decline among all types of transport occurred in aviation. The numbers of users on domestic flights decreased by 88%. International air traffic has almost stopped: there is a reduction of more than 90%. The number of passengers at Russian airports has dropped to a minimum.”
“Our common task is to provide for reliable, high quality and safe airline service in Russia. Meanwhile, it is important for the industry to see the prospects of its development and further growth,” he said, pointing out it is intended “to launch a support program for the leasing and operation of Russian aircraft. This program will enable Russian plants to manufacture 59 new civilian aircraft in the first two years alone.”