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New Russian budget airline Dobrolet charges $60 for Crimea flights

Published time: May 27, 2014 18:19
RIA Novosti / Press service of Dobrolet

RIA Novosti / Press service of Dobrolet

Aeroflot's new budget airline subsidiary Dobrolet is to start flights to Crimea. The airline started offering seats from Moscow to Simferopol at $60 return.

Tickets went on sale on May 26, and within 24 hours 4,000 had been snapped up. The head of Aeroflot Vitaly Savelyev said Dobrolet will fly four times daily between the two cities.

The first flight is scheduled on June 11. The new airline plans to offer seats at least 15-20 percent lower than an average economy class fare with Aeroflot. Like many budget airlines extra services will come at a price, making the maximum fare $135, for the three hour flight.

Dobrolet was granted its operating certificate on May 19, and has available two Boeing 737 NG jets, each able to carry 189 passengers, and a single Russian built Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet. By the end of the year the company plans to be operating eight Boeing aircraft. Dobrolet is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflot, which intends to invest $100 million in the venture in the next two years.

According to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, by June 1 Crimea will have direct flights to 30 cities in Russia. Last year it was possible to reach the peninsula from just seven Russian cities. The number of flights will be increased to 330 which is triple the number in 2013.

In the beginning the low cost airline will only fly to Crimea. In March Medvedev asked Aeroflot to involve a cheap carrier in the peninsula transportation program. In the future Dobrolet intends to expand its network of flights to Krasnodar, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kaliningrad by the end of the year.

Low cost airlines became a possibility in Russia after the State Duma allowed airlines to sell no-refundable tickets, to employ foreign pilots, and to charge for additional items such as food, and baggage handling.

Comments (22)


Andrew Jennings 28.05.2014 15:04

Crimea is dead.

The only people coming will be landlocked Belorussians and poor Russians. Ukrainians wont venture anywhere near the place this summer but will look at more favourable options instead like Turkey or Cyprus.

Ukr ainians after all prefer destinations that have the basics in place like water.

Lots of Crimean business' going belly up and of course lots of prices going up.

A dismal summer for the peninsular this year.

Enjoy that Aksionov won't you


Karl 28.05.2014 13:54

Michael Dunham 28.05.2014 09:52

Doe sn't work that way with airlines, when you buy a ticket from the airline you must supply passenger details, name and passport number.
Yes you'll still have travel agents who will sell them with maybe a commission on top, but you won't see the massive markups you're predicting.


I think that you are being a little optimistic there.. The touts can buy anything they like for the right number of Dollars (They don't want Rubles)... Last time I used the Sapsan the touts were in the station selling the tickets that they had bought right next to the police


Mark 28.05.2014 09:28

This is wonderful! Really wonderful! But what about Sevastopol? Crimea has reclaimed her glorious past. I beg Vladimir Putin not allow this sacred historic land to be cheapened with gambling casinos. Tourism will be better source of income for the local people.
Thank you Great Russia for reclaiming the Crimea for all of us who love glorious history of the Crimea!

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