Government must subsidize maintenance of regional airports - experts

Date: 15:25, 29-01-2015.

Almaty. January 29. KazTAG - The Government must subsidize maintenance of regional airports, said Claude Badan, CEO "Airport Management Group".
In his words, the Government covers maintenance of regional airports in order to support social mobility of population in the world practice, carrying responsibility for regions' involvement in the economic activeness of the state. The Government must also subsidize air routes.
The checks conducted in the regional airports of Kazakhstan revealed a number of serious problems caused by hard financial situation of the airport negatively affecting security and lack of technical maintenance and servicing of costly infrastructural assets of the state.
"The airports of Petropavlovsk, Kokshetau, Semey have no chance to cover their operational expenses within the frameworks of current volume of passengers and freights transportation. According to the prognosis of the airports network development, even by 2030 they will not reach the planned level of 200 000 passengers annual transportation which might cover the operational expenses," he said.

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