Volchenko told about the role of the state in the situation with flights to Crimea

© RIA Novosti / Alexander ПолегенькоIV Crimean transport forum in AlushtaVolchenko told about the role of the state in the situation with flights to Crimea© RIA Novosti / Alexander Polehenko

The situation with the high cost of air travel to the Crimea requires serious intervention by the state. Such an opinion in comments to RIA Novosti (Crimea) was expressed by the moderator of the session of the Crimean transport forum — head of the regional offices of the MIA «today Russia» in Simferopol, Vadim Volchenko.

«Today, the cost of air travel to the Crimea in summer and winter vary often significantly. It is absolutely abnormal economic situation. It does not justify, except as a profit of the airlines. In my opinion, government intervention is a must» – says Volchenko.

According to him, without a solution to this pressing issue, the development of the Crimea as a tourist region will be significantly hampered.

During the discussion in plenary session, the Minister of resorts and tourism of Crimea Sergey Strelbitsky stated that the Republic today there are no mechanisms to influence the situation with the cost of air travel to the region.

«Unfortunately, this question can be solved only by Federal authorities. We regularly raise this issue at all meetings in the Government and the state Duma of the Russian Federation. The last thing we have achieved is an order of Deputy Prime Minister, and today FAS understands why such a price. I really hope that soon we will receive this data and, based on this, we will build our further actions», – said the Minister.

In turn, Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on transport and construction Sergey Bidonko stressed that the issue of pricing for air travel to the Crimea requires a detailed study.

«It matters to the airlines why they build their financial model so that on the same flights in both winter and summer, the price differs in several times. We will take this question on control, there are instructions to work out to professionals have given a definite conclusion. If there is an unjustified overvaluation, the relevant authorities should consider it,» he said.

At the same time, according to the parliamentarian, state intervention in the processes of pricing on the tickets is «a difficult question».

«The government here can only affect one. If the state decides that we need to develop in one direction or another, it is only through the mechanisms of subsidies. The issues of subsidies and spending budget money, of course, at some point effective. But it is not necessary to consider it as an end in itself, because there is then too there is a lot of different issues. In my opinion, the law set the price (for air travel – ed.) in the Crimea, for example, 3 thousand rubles per ticket, in my opinion, is impossible today,» said Bidonko.

IV Crimean transport forum in Alushta on June 29-30. The RIA Novosti International information Agency «Russia today» is the General media partner of the event, the website of RIA Novosti (Crimea) maintains the forum in the status of strategic partner.