Nornickel Krasnoyarsk’s regional government agree to jointly organise air accessibility of the Taymyr, among other projects

NornickelPublic Joint Stock Company "Mining and Metallurgical Company "Norilsk Nickel” and its subsidiariesGo to the glossary and the administration of Russia’s Krasnoyarsk Territory have signed a cooperation agreement on joint initiatives to improve the environmental situation in the region, with a particular focus on restoring animal life, and to ensure the transport accessibility of the Taymyr Peninsula.

The purpose of the cooperation agreement is to restore the areas damaged following the accidental diesel fuel spill at Norilsk’s CHPP-3 on May 29, 2020 as quickly as possible. The parties agreed that the best way to reclaim the area would be compensation in kind.

The package of documents adopted today will also help improve the air travel accessibility between Norilsk and other remote settlements of the Krasnoyarsk Territory. The four-party agreement, signed by the head of Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency Alexander Neradko, Krasnoyarsk regional government chairman Yuri Lapshin, Norilsk Airport LLC director general Andrey Nikiforov, and NordStar airline JSC director general Leonid Mokhov, designates Norilsk Airport’s as a hub for the passenger air carrier NordStar airline, a Nornickel subsidiary. This agreement was concluded in accordance with the instructions of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to ensure sustainable air traffic in the region’s remote northern territories and to contribute to the development of Russia’s Arctic.

In accordance with the agreement, NordStar Airlines undertakes to establish a stable schedule and maintain maximum tariff levels to and from Norilsk each year. For passengers, this means a fixed flight cost regardless of the date of departure or the date of ticket purchase, as well as a guaranteed number of flights.

In addition to an agreement making Norilsk Airport a NordStar hub, an agreement was reached on the creation of a consortium of two air carriers NordStar and KrasAvia JSC (owned by the region). The consortium’s task is to develop aviation in the region as a whole and to ensure the accessibility of the region’s localities beyond Norilsk. A package of agreements has been signed to regulate relations between the two companies and production and commercial activity within the consortium. The documents stipulate that NordStar will transfer ATR 42-500 short-haul aircraft to the region, as well as providing details on aircraft maintenance. Therefore, NordStar will continue to operate medium-haul flights, while KrasAvia will operate regional flights.

Alexander Neradko noted: “Year-round uninterrupted air communication between Norilsk and the mainland is the region’s most important social objective. Finding a solution [to this challenge] requires special attention at all levels — federal, regional, and corporate. The conclusion of a four-party agreement makes it possible to create a clear roadmap for further action and provides guarantees for air passengers.”

“The development of Norilsk and Taymyr is one of Nornickel’s priorities [as stipulated in the company’s] social policy for the Krasnoyarsk Territory. [This development] can be achieved only in close cooperation between the company and all branches of government. Today’s agreements are the result of the joint efforts of all of the concerned parties and the product of a constructive dialogue between the company and federal and regional authorities. There are many important projects ahead that will help bring Norilsk and Taymyr to a new level of development in terms of quality [of life],” said Nornickel CEO Vladimir Potanin.

“I am grateful to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin for supporting our initiative. The Krasnoyarsk Territory is a special region, and market mechanisms do not always work here. The development of Russia’s northern territories is a strategic goal for the country’s development. [The creation of a NordStar hub in Norilsk] is an imperative necessitated, among other things, by the implementation of large-scale investment projects.

I am sure that these agreements will mark a new era in the relationship between the regional government and businesses and will contribute to the socioeconomic development of the region’s northern territories,” said Krasnoyarsk region Governor Alexander Uss.