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SIMFEROPOL, March 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Crimean authorities want major Russian airline Aeroflot to lower fares for Russian tourists visiting the peninsula, Crimea’s Minister of Resorts and Tourism Elena Yurchenko told a news conference at the CrimeaInform media centre on Tuesday.
“The main question in the negotiations will be about whether subsidies could lower the fares,” CrimeaInform quotes the minister as saying.
Yurchenko said recent unrest in Ukraine had caused problems for Russian tourists going to Crimea. In the past, most of them preferred to travel by rail.
“Now, they would face crossing the border twice,” the minister said, noting the importance of alternative routes to Crimea by air or sea.
At a tourism forum hosted by Simferopol, Crimea’s capital city, days before, representatives of Russia’s northern Yakutia told the audience they would insist on lower air fares to Crimea, the minister said. “We discussed significant lowering of prices for air tickets between Yakutia and Simferopol so that trips to Crimea were more affordable for tourists from that region,” Yurchenko said.