Aeroflot resumes selling subsidized tickets to Sakhalin

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Aeroflot Airlines has resumed the sale of subsidized tickets for flights between Moscow and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. This information follows from the data published on the carrier’s website.

You can fly at a subsidized rate of 7.3 thousand rubles one way only until the end of September.

“The subsidized tariff on the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – Moscow route (and vice versa) is valid for direct flights operated by Aeroflot PJSC in economy class for flights up to September 30, 2020 inclusive,” the airline’s website says.

The resumption of subsidized transportation from the European part of Russia to other cities of the Far East, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Magadan and Yakutsk has not been reported.

Aeroflot has stopped selling subsidized tickets to the Far East in the European part of the country, as well as within the Far Eastern District since August 4. Press secretary of the company Yulia Spivakova told reporters about it on August 6. “The limit of received government subsidies for transportation in these directions has been exhausted,” RIA Novosti quotes Spivakova as saying.

Flights within the Far Eastern Federal District, from the Okrug, as well as to Crimea and Kaliningrad are subsidized under government decree No. 215 of 2018. In 2020, the state allocated 5.8 billion rubles for this purpose. The program runs all year round. Russians under 23 years old and over 60 years old (women over 55 years old), people with disabilities and their accompanying persons, as well as large families can take advantage of preferential transportation.

This is not the first time that Aeroflot has announced the suspension of ticket sales for privileged recipients due to the early use of subsidies. Last year, the government initially allocated 3.8 billion rubles to subsidize transportation under this decree. Then Aeroflot reported that it had sold all tickets to the Far Eastern Federal District in six days. After appeals from the Ministry of Transport, another 5.2 billion rubles were allocated for the program, Interfax notes.

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