Russian airlines to be allowed to hire 200 foreign aircraft captains annually

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution on the number of foreign citizens that can be hired for the position of civilian aircraft captain.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a resolution on the number of foreign citizens that can be hired for the position of civilian aircraft captain.

"The maximum number of foreign citizens who can be hired by Russian legal entities and individual entrepreneurs for the position of captains of civilian aircraft is 200 people per year," the resolution, which was posted on the government's website on Wednesday, states.

The resolution also spells out the terms under which employment contracts can be signed with foreign citizens.

The ability to hire foreign aircraft captains "will enable Russian airlines to not only eliminate the shortage of flight crews, but will also accelerate the training of domestic specialists," the resolution states.

"The decisions made are aimed at increasing the level of aircraft flight safety, [and] supporting the growing demand of the country's population and economy for air transportation," the resolution states.

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