To reduce costs and maintain the prices of air tickets, the carrier Air Azur cease to feed the economy class passengers on flights lasting up to five hours
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On all flights of airline Air Azur lasting less than five hours in economy class will only offer hot drinks and water, meals will not be provided.
This step is the largest Charter carrier of Russia went “on the basis of the market of air transportation,” reads the statement. Among these factors it indicates the increase in airport charges and a substantial increase in the cost of aviation fuel by 30% in 2018.
“Reduce power on short flights in economy class will at least leave the cost of services at the same level and under favorable macroeconomic factors will reduce the cost of transportation,” — said in a statement.
For passengers of business class service on Board will be saved.
The company also notes that while departures from St. Petersburg customers have a possibility to order meals for an extra fee, and promises that soon this option will be available on flights departing from the capital’s Vnukovo.
The Finance Ministry has proposed asking money for fuel to airlines to cut fleet
Russian airlines have repeatedly complained about the rising prices for aviation fuel since the third quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018, it rose by 29%. At the end of 2017, the airline S7 have filed a complaint to the Federal Antimonopoly service suspected suppliers in cartel cases. In the FAS by results of check of collusion was found.
In mid-2018, the Ministry of transport has offered to make carriers part of the cost of fuel, so they did not raise ticket prices, the amount of compensation was estimated at 22.5 billion rubles, with the additional costs of the airlines 50 billion rubles a year.
President Vladimir Putin also instructed the government until 1 March 2019 to form a proposal for compensation, but in the end this idea was not supported, suggesting airlines to cut instead, the size of the fleet.
Azur Air in March 2019 complied 515 flights — more than any other Russian Charter airline.