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Negotiations are underway to launch regular flights between Cairo and Minsk, Director of the Aviation Department Artyom Sikorsky said at the final meeting of the board that was also attended by Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko, BelTA learned from the press service of the Transport and Communications Ministry.
Artyom Sikorsky reviewed the performance of the aviation industry in 2022 and its prospects for this year. According to him, anti-crisis programs and action plans were implemented throughout the year to prevent economic insolvency of individual organizations, reduce the cost of production and sale of products, works and services, as well as increase the export of transport services.
The construction of Aircraft Repair Plant No. 407 continued as part of investment effort. The funds allocated under the state investment program for 2022 were utilized in full.
A new impetus was given to Belarusian State Academy of Aviation. The academy enrolled the first group of students to be trained as civil aviation pilots; a flight training program was developed and approved. The first group of students will start training under this program in June 2023.
Negotiations with Egypt on opening regular flights between Cairo and Minsk are in the active phase. In November 2022, the Aviation Department issued accreditation to Iran's Mahan Air to operate flights between Minsk and Tehran.
Flydubai resumed flights between Minsk and Dubai. Flights are available every day. The Chinese air carrier Air China will operate flights once a week.
The Union State program on the harmonization of transport regulations of Belarus and Russia continues. Agreements were signed between educational institutions of Belarus and Russia on the recognition of civil aviation training programs.
In December 2022, the aviation authorities of Belarus and Russia signed an agreement on the possibility of operating 63 Moscow-Minsk flights a week on a regular basis by the designated airlines of both countries, as well as under the so-called ‘triangle' scheme.
Transport and Communications Minister Aleksei Avramenko drew attention to key issues and urged to mobilize all resources to fulfill the tasks facing civil aviation. “The situation as a whole requires serious attention and non-conventional solutions. Today, the aviation industry continues to develop, sets goals that can only be achieved through concerted efforts and teamwork, as experience, knowledge, and the desire to work for the common good help us handle any difficulties,” he said.