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Open Skies is supposed to have an effect by Summer 2012

The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has decided to liberalize restrictions on operations of foreign airlines to Vladivostok International Airport

The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has decided to liberalize restrictions on operations of foreign airlines to Vladivostok International Airport, including operations with the 5th freedom traffic rights between Vladivostok and points in third countries.

«This liberalization of operations of foreign airlines to Vladivostok is just the first step to the realization of the Open Skies Project», commented Maxim Chetverikov, the CEO of Vladivostok International Airport. «The Ministry of Transport has in fact expressed readiness to approve foreign airlines' flights to Vladivostok without any restrictions on the 3rd and 4th freedoms traffic rights. As regards the 5th freedom traffic rights for foreign airlines in Vladivostok, there is much to do both for our part and for the foreign aeronautical authorities concerned. Open Skies definitely offers us great opportunities and is supposed to start having an effect no later than by Summer-2012 season.

According to Yuliya Zabava, the Commercial Director of Vladivostok International Airport, previously the restrictions imposed by the intergovernmental agreements, as well as some other factors, hindered the active attraction of airlines, which have been analyzed by the experts and a view has been reached that the liberalization of the current restrictions would be the necessary condition for the creation of a large international air transportation hub in Vladivostok. In February of 2011 such project was developed and submitted to the Board of Directors of Vladivostok International Airport.

At the moment the airport is beginning to work out specific proposals to airlines interested in operating to Vladivostok.

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