Polar aviation should be developed comprehensively
Alexander Krutikov, Deputy Head of the Ministry for Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, participated in a meeting of the Council on the Arctic and Antarctic within the upper house of Parliament. He said that an integrated approach should be used to restore and develop the aviation in the Arctic zone of Russia.
According to his information, transport accessibility is one of the ten main factors forming the migration moods of people and leading to the outflow of population. Therefore, the goal, formulated in the Fundamentals of State Policy of the Russian Federation in the Arctic and approved by the President of the Russian Federation, is to provide year-round mainline, interregional and intra-regional, air transportation at affordable prices.
He reminded that it had been decided to subsidize intraregional transportations; a special program had been prepared, which includes support of intraregional routes in the Far East and the Arctic.
“324 routes with a total length of 120 thousand kilometers should be implemented only in the Arctic zone. The prepared program provides for annual subsidies, while half of these money are given by the state, and the other half comes from the regional budget. Our task is to launch this program in 2021. We ask the Federation Council to support this initiative as soon as the draft federal budget is considered”, the deputy minister said.
He added that it is necessary to ensure not only availability, but also reduction of the cost of polar transportation in order to minimize the subsidization later. To do this, it is necessary to act in several directions at once.
“First of all, we need a federal program to restore 39 airfields and 300 landing sites. Most of these landing sites are unpaved, and are in extremely poor condition”, said Alexander Krutikov.
The second direction in the development of polar aviation, according to him, should be the formation of a modern fleet of lanes and helicopters.
The creation of a system of fuel supply is the third direction, and the fourth is the development of a flight personnel training programs.