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30 May, 2008 08:30

Russian airlines switch to e-tickets

Russian airlines switch to e-tickets

Most Russian airlines will switch to e-ticketing on June 1, the international deadline for carriers to make the changeover.

According to the International Air Transportation Association (IATA), e-tickets are faster and safer than paper ones.

The IATA says they are more difficult to counterfeit, and can’t be lost.
The organisation says the move to e-tickets will save the industry up to $US 3 billion dollars annually.

But Russia’s major airlines say they will have to continue issuing paper tickets alongside electronic ones as some smaller airports are still not ready for the change.