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Russia Allows Airlines to Hire Foreign Pilots for the First Time

Excerpt from Air Transport World

Apr 10, 2014 12:00 pm

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The increase in air travel demand is outpacing the country’s supply of trained pilots leaving the country little option but to import pilots to keep the economic engine running.

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Aeroflot plane departs from Helsinki Airport to Moscow Sheremetyevo. Oscar von Bonsdorff / Flickr


Russia’s State Duma has passed air code amendments allowing carriers to hire non-Russian pilots and sell nonrefundable tickets. The amendments on foreign pilots will become effective in 90 days; the changes to nonrefundable ticket sales become effective in 60 days.

The changes are necessary as the Russian market has experienced double-digit growth for the last several years, but the local training system cannot supply enough pilots.

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