State Cuts Tariff on Large Airplanes

The government cut to zero the import duty on passenger aircraft that seat more than 300 people as it seeks to boost air travel constrained by a shortage of Russian-made planes.

The duty on aircraft that seat fewer than 300 passengers was set at 20 percent of the purchase price, according to a statement posted Wednesday on the government's web site. The changes came into effect Tuesday.

Aeroflot will not benefit from the zero duty, since it has no planes for more than 300 passengers, spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg said by telephone.

"We hope that the government will adopt a more balanced decision in the future, abolishing duties on aircraft with a capacity of fewer than 300 seats, which is what most airlines need," she said.