Obtaining Flight Permits for Business Aviation in Russia

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A draft Decree of the Russian Government provides that flight permits to fly business aircraft to Russia will be issued within two hours from the time of submission of a flight plan to Rosaviatsia (the Federal Air Transport Agency of the Ministry of Transportation). Also of note, the draft Decree clarifies that a foreign air carrier may pick up passengers within Russia, and fly them to another city in Russia as part of an international flight to a foreign country.

The draft Decree, in the form it was last released for comments in October 2010, does not legitimize any aspects of the existing "gray aviation industry" in Russia in which one-time permits issued by Rosaviatsia have been issued for domestic flights of foreign-registered aircraft. Accordingly, the Russian Customs Service may still object to the use of foreign-registered aircraft on domestic charter flights and, on occasion, impound foreign-registered aircraft used on domestic charter flights. No specific amendments to the Russian Customs Code appear to be under consideration that would remove this potential issue for foreign-registered aircraft flown in Russia. To the contrary, under the draft Decree, Rosaviatsia is to inform the Russian Customs Service about flight permits that it has issued.

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