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Russian government steps in to assist VIM-Avia passengers

Russian authorities are prioritising measures to transport of VIM-Avia passengers in the wake of the financial crisis engulfing the leisure operator.

The Russian ministry of transport says the airline has a "lack of funds" to meet obligations to passengers.

But it has taken immediate decisions to allow the operator to use its own fleet, or the aircraft of other carriers, to ensure that customers with immediate transport needs are conveyed.

VIM-Avia's operations have been disrupted by the suspension of airport services to the troubled carrier.

The ministry says it is drawing up, over the next two days, a schedule of airlines willing to provide capacity for the carrier's network.

Moscow Vnukovo airport's operator has already opted to accept VIM-Avia flights from 26 September.

It says the ministry's efforts to establish a schedule of services will focus mainly on domestic routes but also cover a number of international links.

Vnukovo's operator states that all VIM-Avia flights will be performed until the backlog of passengers is cleared. VIM-Avia's aircraft will be "relocated" to Vnukovo, says the airport operator's chairman, Vitaly Vantsev.

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