Tuesday, 5 August 2014

EU Sanction Halt Russian Airline.

The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the west have forced the hand of the state funded and owned airline Aeroflot to cancel all flights of its budget subsidiary.

The low-cost airline suspended all its flights Monday, because Western sanctions had forced leasing deals for its aircraft to be canceled.  The airline, Dobrolet, was founded late last year as purely as a budget option for domestic travel within Russia, however its maiden flight took place in June from Moscow to Simferopol, the main city on the Crimean peninsula, annexed from Ukraine in March.

"Due to sanctions imposed by the EU ... we are forced to temporarily suspend flights on all routes from August 4, 2014," Dobrolet said in a statement on its website.

Aimed at Russia's financial, military and energy sectors, the sanctions were the first time the European Union had targeted Russian President Vladimir Putin and his inner circle for the Kremlin's support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The measures had nullified contracts under which Dobrolet leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
The airline said it would continue to ferry passengers between Dobrolet's homebase in Moscow and Simferopol on its sister budget airline, Orenair, for several weeks. Other passengers would have their tickets reimbursed.

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