But IATA urges Russia to stop discriminatory pricing
The number of passengers travelling on Russian airlines is growing, but today’s 57 million passengers represents only half the number of people flying with Aeroflot during the Soviet era.
IATA has 9 members in Russia and its Billing and Settlement Plan serves now 107 airlines and 525 agents with global standard financial processes for annual settlements of $2.5 billion. It is based on 100% electronic ticketing.
Giovanni Bisignani, IATA’s CEO, rejoices at Russian aviation progress over the last 15 years. However, he encouraged the Russian Minister of Transport, Igor Levitin, to further improve aviation standards in compliance with the International Civil Aviation Organization and by removing unfair pricing for airport and air navigation service charges. IATA also supports Russia in opposing Europe’s project to implement its emissions trading scheme for international aviation.
[pictured: USSR Trade Routes]