By the end of 2017, the Russian government plans to introduce new regulations for it domestic airlines, to ensure that the Vim-AVIA scenario is not be repeated.

The rights of all passengers will be equalized

On November 8, 2017, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev asked the government to equalize the rights of the passengers who take charter and regular flights. Proposals must be submitted by December 8, 2017.

The government has to analyze the legal framework which regulates the relations of air carriers, tour operators, and passengers during the organization of charter flights and submit proposals for the possible changes to the legislation which “would provide passengers of the charter flights and passengers of the scheduled flights with equal treatment and legal protection,” Medvedev stated in the official document.

Anti-crisis fund for unplanned passenger transportation

Russia intends to create a fund for financing the transportation of the passengers who could not fly home on time after their carrier suspended flights. The instruction “to consider the creation of a system that allows financing of the expenses needed to ensure the rights of passengers who have previously concluded a contract with a carrier which suspended its flights”  was given by Medvedev to the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Finance and Aeroflot. Proposals for the creation of a new anti-crisis aviation fund should be submitted to the government by November 22, 2017.

The Prime Minister offered to invest in a new fund using money from the compensation funds, which are formed in accordance with the legislation on compulsory insurance of civil liability or using the costs received by Aeroflot from the foreign carriers for their flights over Russian territory.

The government will assess the financial conditions of the airlines

In addition, Medvedev asked the Ministry of economic development to create a methodology for assessing the economic and financial conditions of the airlines, which would allow identifying potential risks and threats to their activities. According to the Prime Minister, this will prevent airlines from repeating VIM-Avia scenario. Medvedev offered to adopt “flexible” sanctions to the airlines which have some financial problems,  so these carriers could continue to carry passengers who have already bought tickets.

The Russian government started to strengthen its control over airlines after, in September 2017, the country's VIM-AVIA faced financial problems and canceled its flight, leaving thousands of passengers stuck at the airports. The airline suspended all charter operations in September 2017. On November 4, 2017, the airline's license has been invalidated by the Russian authorities, therefore, the airline is no longer able to resume any services.