Dobrolet selects Simferopol as first destination

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Aeroflot’s new low-cost subsidiary Dobrolet will make its debut on 12 June with scheduled services to Simferopol International airport.

The state-owned carrier yesterday started selling tickets for flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo airport and the Crimean regional capital.

From 12 June, it will operate up to five daily frequencies on the route using two Boeing 737-800s. A Superjet 100, sub-leased by Aeroflot, will serve as a back-up aircraft.

One-way fares range from Rb1,000 to Rb3,500 ($30-100), says the carrier, adding that around 4,000 tickets were sold during the first 12 hours.

In April, Russian president Vladimir Putin called for government subsidies to promote air travel to the newly annexed territory.