Vnukovo Airport filed first 2 million-ruble lawsuit against UTair

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According to an airport representative, the airline’s debt is 900 million rubles (about $14 million).

Vnukovo Airport has filed the first lawsuit against the Russian airline UTair demanding to recover the debt in the amount of about 2 million rubles, say the Moscow Arbitration Court’s materials. The lawsuit has not been heard yet.

On February 24 the Directors Board Chairman of the International Vnukovo Airport Vitaly Vantsev told reporters that UTair’s debt was 900 million rubles and it had been fixed before UTair managed its crisis.

“When the airlines were experiencing hard times, we fixed the debt and said we had no a possibility to serve on credit anymore and they should prepay for those flights they planned to launch. Now there are no problems with payment”. At the end of 2014 dozens of lawsuits against UTair and its affiliated companies were filed to various arbitration courts. The total creditors’ claims amount is more than 9 billion rubles ($141 million).

Several creditors filed a lawsuit demanding to recognize UTair’s bankruptcy. On January 20 the court dismissed such a lawsuit at the request of one of the plaintiffs. Alfa Bank was among those who wanted to recognize UTair’s bankruptcy.

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