Russia’s first low-cost air carrier Dobrolyot launched its regular flights from Moscow to Simferopol on Tuesday on demand for air travel among Russia's growing middle class.
It had planned to fly first from Moscow to St. Petersburg, but took the politically symbolic decision to switch its maiden flight to Simferopol, the capital of Crimea, that was annexed in by Russia in March.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended a ceremony at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on June 10 to mark the airline's maiden flight to Simferopol.
One-way tickets in July were available for around 3,400 rubles ($98) on the company's website.
Meanwhile, European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation Eurocontrol banned European air companies flying to Crimea, following the annexation.
“Eurocontrol is strictly following ICAO Convention on International Civil Aviation and will not recognize any unilateral declaration of air navigation service provision over any part of Ukrainian airspace other than from the Ukrainian authority”- reads the statement.
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