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Russia will continue regulating transit flights of foreign airplanes on the basis of special permissions
Russia will continue regulating transit flights of foreign airplanes on the basis of special permissions, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said on Friday. He said Russia will also continue collecting transit and navigation service charges, and ‘the double payments’ will be annulled only after 2013. “Russia is collecting payments for navigation services and transit. Europe does not want to pay, but it wants to fly on short routes,” he said, referring to the European Union demand to cancel the transit charge and threat to hamper Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in case of the negative answer. “We have not been raising navigation charges for a long time, because we also collect transit fees,” the minister said. Levitin compared aviation charges in Russia and Western Europe. “We charge $95 per 100 kilometers, while Germany charges $180 and the United Kingdom charges $220,” he said on the Ekho Moskvy Radio. At present Aeroflot airline collects the transit charges. “This is the way it has been since the Soviet times, and the situation cannot be changed within a year, as the losses will be damaging for the airline,” Levitin said. “In addition, China, which has already entered into the WTO, also issues transit permissions.”
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