40 Far Eastern airports will receive financing for reconstruction. The funds will be provided in the federal budget for the period of 2019-2021. The corresponding Order was given by Chairman of Government of Russia Dmitry Medvedev to the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Economic Development.
"For the Far East, air communication is of strategic importance. For a number of territories, this is the only type of communication. 82 airfields are located in the Far East out of 229 Russian ones. But only 37 airports have artificial cover of runways. Note that the airport infrastructure wearout rate reaches 80 percent," said Aleksandr Galushka, Minister for Development of the Russian Far East.
It is assumed that the funds for reconstruction will be provided to the airports of Neryungri, Nyurba, Sangar, Deputatsky, Chersky, Olekminsk, Khandyga, Belaya Gora, Verkhnevilyuysk, Vilyuysk, Zyryanka, Magan, Ust-Nera, Zhigansk, and Polyarny.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Economic Development should submit proposals to the Government of the Russian Federation on the reconstruction and sources of financing for 9 airports of the Federal State Enterprise "Airports of the North"- Lensk, Suntar, Aldan, Moma, Ust-Kuyga, Saskylah, Ust-Maya, Batagai, Olenek.
"Air traffic in the Far East provides a link between the Far East and the rest of Russia. We see how the passenger traffic is constantly increasing. It is forecasted an increase in passenger traffic by 29 percent on regional routes of the district in 2017. Nevertheless, a poll by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed that 40 percent of citizens of the Far East are not satisfied with aviation accessibility. This is a real reflection of what happens to airports. We should pay the closest attention to the solution of this issue," said Aleksandr Galushka.
by Evgenia Vasilieva