“Expected landing” of information systems for registration of air transportation in Russia
The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has developed requirements for automated information systems for registration of air transportation in accordance with the Federal Law of July 27, 2006 No. 152-ФЗ “On Personal Data”, as well as in accordance with the schedule for the preparation of regulatory legal acts of the President and the Government of the Russian Federation to implement the law of July 6, 2016 No. 374-FZ, in terms of establishing additional measures to counter terrorism and ensure public safety.
You can read the full text of the document at the following link .
According to the Ministry of Transport, Operators and airlines will be obliged to bring their activities in compliance with the requirements of Russian legislation, which will protect the rights of passengers and the safety of their personal data. In addition, it will be possible to carry out domestic flights in any foreign policy conditions. Requirements are supposed to be introduced in stages , while the mandatory condition is the placement of servers in the territory of the Russian Federation and the corresponding registration of enterprises in the territory of the Russian Federation.
However, the opinions of airlines sound more skeptical.
Thus, in the opinion of the Director General of Siberia Airlines, Vladimir Obedkov, the application of this document in practice can lead to a complete stop of the activities of Russian airlines and / or a long (2–4 years) and costly migration to other reservation systems.
The fact is that the three largest Russian airlines have foreign providers: the American Saber from Aeroflot, the Swiss SITA from S7, the Spanish Amadeus from Ural Airlines. The fourth player is Utair and almost all the other Russian airlines operate from the Russian Sirena Travel. Exceptions: Victory low-cost airline - with American Navitair, Azimut airline - with the National Reservation System (NSB) developed by Rostec together with Vnukovo Airport.
On October 22, 2018 the press center of the Ministry of Transport published an appeal in which it says:
The requirements provide for the deployment in the territory of the Russian Federation of servers and databases of operators (providers) booking and selling domestic flights, as well as registering passengers for a flight (they are currently located in the United States and other countries), which corresponds to the practice in other areas of the economy, such as banking sphere.
Regarding financial costs, we consider it necessary to inform that providers of automated information systems for air transportation design receive a fee from the airline for each ticket sold and should provide for the relevant costs of meeting the requirements of Russian legislation to continue working in the domestic market of the Russian Federation.The costs of transferring a part of the equipment to the territory of the Russian Federation will not be excessive for them and are absolutely feasible.
In this regard, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation recommends that Russian airlines and foreign operators calmly prepare for the entry into force of these requirements.
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