The President of the Federal Trade Union of Air Traffic Controllers of Russia, Sergei Kovalev , appealed to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Igor Krasnov, with a request to take prosecutorial response measures against the head of the Federal Air Transport Agency, Alexander Neradko. In the letter, Kovalev pointed out that Neradko was hindering the activities of the independent trade union Aviapolis by postponing the approval of a deal on corporate pensions for retired employees of the State Air Traffic Management Corporation.
According to Kovalyov, Neradko "under various far-fetched pretexts" annually blocks the approval of NPF funding "using his official powers."
The blocking of the Aviapolis financing agreement has been going on for seven months. The reason for the appeal to the prosecutor's office was a letter from Neradko Kovalev, which states that the approval of an additional agreement by the Federal Air Transport Agency to the contract for non-state pension provision with JSC NPF Aviapolis has been postponed until the approval of the “updated program of activities of the Federal State Unitary Enterprise State ATM Corporation” for 2022.
Earlier, Kommersant also wrote that Russian airlines began to send pilots to idle in the spring after a sharp reduction in traffic due to a decrease in passenger traffic. Pilots' earnings fell by 40%. At the same time, earnings with permits for long-haul aircraft such as the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350/330 fell "more significantly in some cases." The incomes of medium-haul pilots involved in domestic flights and SSJ pilots have so far declined on average by 10-15% yoy in April-May.
Pilots of Russian airlines sent to layoffs or retired faced difficulties when trying to find work in other countries: the Federal Air Transport Agency does not confirm information about them at the request of the aviation authorities. As a result, according to various estimates, from several dozen to several hundred pilots could not switch to foreign airlines.