Rosaviatsia (Russian Aviation) has selected 20 airlines that will receive state support to refund passengers the cost of tickets for canceled flights. This was reported in the press service of the department on June 3, 2022.
A total of 27 applications were received for participation in the selection. Support will be provided to Aeroflot, Pobeda, S7, Ural Airlines, Utair, Azur Air, Nordwind, Pegas Fly, Smartavia, Azimut, Red Wings, Iraero, Royal Flight, Alrosa, Yakutia, Yamal Aviation Transport Company, Nordstar, YUVT Aero, Severstal, and Rusline.
In total, the government has allocated 19.5 billion rubles for this. Aeroflot will receive 11.5 billion rubles from this amount, S7 – 2.9 billion rubles, Pobeda – 980 million rubles, Ural Airlines – 528 million rubles, and Utair – 148.5 million rubles.
These airlines must now conclude agreements with the Federal Air Transport Agency. Payments of the subsidy are planned in June – early July 2022. In early April, the Ministry of Transport formed proposals on financial support for air carriers to refund passengers for canceled flights.
Difficulties with flights abroad for Russian airlines arose against the background of the risks of arrest of their aircraft due to EU sanctions. The decision of the EU countries to close the skies to Russia was a response to Moscow’s operation in Ukraine. Rosaviation in response closed the skies for airlines of 36 states.
At the end of February, the Russian Union of Travel Industry informed Izvestia that for canceled flights, both Russian and foreign airlines make full refunds to independent tourists for all types of fares, including non-refundable ones, or reissue for other routes and dates.