The government has increased the number of subsidized flights to Crimea

In the list of subsidized air travel to the Crimea became additional 15 cities. The corresponding decree was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reported on the government website.

Thus, the number of subsidized routes has increased to 58. The period of performance of subsidised transport has been extended to 30 November (he previously ended October 31).

So, in the program of subsidizing transportation added Anapa, Bryansk, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd, Izhevsk, Kostroma, Makhachkala, Nalchik, Penza, Saratov, Chita, Yaroslavl and other cities.

The right to such carriage is granted to the citizens under 23 years of age, pensioners, disabled since childhood of II or III group, first group invalids of any age and their attendants, and persons accompanying a disabled child.

“The decisions will contribute to increased availability of air transportation between Crimea and other regions of the Federation, the development of domestic tourism”, — noted in the government.

In 2015 in Russia there were five programs of subsidized air travel to the far East, Kaliningrad, the Crimea, the Volga region and Siberia. In 2015 and 2016 were allocated for these purposes for 9 billion rubles.

Previously, the Association of air transport operators (aato), which brings together major airlines, has asked the transport Ministry to raise tariffs on subsidized air travel, wrote “Kommersant”. It was about flying to the far East, Kaliningrad and Crimea. The carriers emphasized that subsidies are available only in high season and force the companies to give lucrative place under the social projects for the notoriously low rates” despite the presence of demand. From the appeal of companies to the Ministry of transport that they actually suffer losses in socially significant transportations.