Russian carriers could be banned from transporting cargo from Russia to Europe if they fail to comply with new EU regulations that come into effect on July 1, 2014, the Kommersant had reported.
Airlines who want to avoid the ban will need a third country to authorize their carrier status, but to achieve this they have to carry out audits on airport infrastructure.
The International Air Transport Association said the airlines themselves would have to pay for the audits — which could cost 18 million to 60 million euros for each airport — and has offered to provide practical seminars to assist companies affected by the regulations.
Yevgeny Chibirev, head of the Association of Air Traffic Users, had asked Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov to provide recommendations to airlines on how to meet the requirements.
Chibirev said Russian carriers would have to coordinate their flight safety programs with EU authorities and provide them with detailed information on the infrastructure of the airport from which the flight departed.
Cargo carriers argue, however, that airports are not obliged to provide them with the necessary information about customs points and security systems.
A representative of Volga-Dnepr, the largest Russian cargo carrier, said he does not consider additional audits necessary because “all airlines and airports regularly have their safety standards checked.”