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“We have already carried 110,000 passengers to Crimea,” he said, noting 220,000 tickets already sold and pointing to 350,000 to be flown by the year end.
Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary Dobrolyot will carry 200,000, bringing a combined airline total of between 650,000 and 700,000 passengers this year, three times more than in 2013.
Economy class seats were available at a good price of 7,000 roubles ($204) only if reserved about a month in advance, he said. Medvedev's deputies have been tasked to devise a better deal for southbound travellers.
Federal Air Transport Agency Rosaviation says total two-way ticket sales through the Transport Clearing House system and through official airline websites totalled 800,000 for the Crimean destinaton at the end of May.