It is important for Far Easterners to be able to fly from the capitals to the European part of the country, but it is even more important to be able to get to these Far Eastern capitals, to the centres of the constituent entities. [...] What is accessibility? As a rule, it is the regularity, the frequency of these flights, because if the plane takes off once every two weeks, then there is probably no real accessibility. Accessibility is when on any given day some urgent need can take you from your home to a hospital, a training centre, or to a funeral, which is also a necessity that arises — Konstantin Sukhorebrik, General Director, Aurora Airlines.
Interregional transportation is absolutely essential. The flight should be cheap and regularly scheduled. At present there are flights twice a week, and there are no tickets. It’s like that throughout the Far East. In general, we do a poor job of predicting availability and demand. As in the case of Ulan-Ude: in 2017, there were roughly 1.5 flights a day to Moscow; now there are four of them, and they are still not enough. They all fill up, no matter which direction you take. We established [a route] to Tomsk last year, and there are no tickets, it’s completely full — Alexey Tsydenov, Head of the Republic of Buryatia.
We need to increase the number of flights. Today there is a Vladivostok — Blagoveshchensk flight once a week, but we want one every day so that people will go to the Far East in the summer instead of Turkey. We also want to go to Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk... We are reconstructing two airports, but in Tynda (Amur Region — Ed.), deadlines are being pushed back. Deadlines in the Far East shouldn’t be pushed back: we want to develop the Far East at a faster pace — Ivan Abramov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Economic Policy of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.