OREANDA-NEWS  The Federal Antimonopoly Service plans to hold talks with Aeroflot management on Friday, May 17 about the pricing applied by the company, head of the service Maxim Shaskolsky said at a meeting of the FAS board.

"We believe that the principles of dynamic pricing of airlines should be transparent and focused on ensuring the availability of flights for all categories of citizens. We are currently conducting a pricing analysis, based on the results of which response measures will be taken. Tomorrow we will have talks with the management of Aeroflot," he said.

The main factor in the rise in the cost of air tickets is the increase in the costs of companies for aircraft maintenance and repair, the purchase of spare parts, as well as a reduction in transportation subsidies compared to 2022, the head of the FAS noted. At the same time, the agency receives a large number of complaints about the increase in the cost of flights.

"A case has already been filed on violation of antimonopoly legislation against one of the major airlines for failure to comply with the FAS warning on air ticket prices. Letters have also been sent to other airlines about the need to clarify the pricing procedure and ensure the availability of air tickets on domestic routes for all categories of citizens," Shaskolsky recalled.

In March, the service filed a case against S7, because it did not comply with a warning about the need to develop a pricing policy. Prior to that, the service found that S7 sells air tickets at different prices within the same subclass of the tariff. At the same time, price differences are not related to the provision of services on board, additional costs of the carrier or the time before departure at which the passenger purchases a ticket.

In April, the FAS requested explanations for the price increase from six airlines at once: Aeroflot, Pobedy, Ural Airlines, NordWind, Smartavia and UTair.