The Russian airline Aeroflot has stopped selling tickets at preferential rates for flights of the subsidiary airlines Rossiya and Avrora, which fly to the annexed Crimea, to the Far East and to Kaliningrad, RBC reported, referring to the letter sent by the sales department of Aeroflot to the agents of the airline.
The airline explained this decision with "full use of funds allocated from the state budget for the payment of subsidies."
Those who have booked a ticket before October 16 will be able to register it before the expiration of the period established by the rules of tariffs.
The company began selling preferential tickets to the Crimea, Kaliningrad and the Far East from March 29, 2018. Such tickets could be bought by Russians and residents of the annexed Peninsula under the age of 23 and over 60 (for women over 55), as well as people with disabilities in group I, people with disabilities in group II and III, as well as for those accompanying people with disabilities group I or children with disabilities.
Then this project was allocated 3.8 billion rubles. Seven Russian airlines received subsidies for transportation to Crimea.
Earlier, Aeroflot acknowledged that it had reduced flights to the occupied Crimea, according to the company, over a decrease in demand for air travel due to the opening of the Kerch bridge.
Following the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in March 2014, the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine decided to ban all flights over the Crimean Peninsula.
In addition to the ban on air travel, the Ukrainian authorities closed the Crimean seaports for international shipping. Railway and bus communication with the temporarily occupied territory was also terminated.