New Budget Airline in Russia
This fall, a budget subsidiary of Aeroflot (www.areoflot.ru) is supposed to resume operations in Russia. The line, called Dobrolyot, was operating briefly this spring but had to shut down because of Western sanctions. At that time it was flying to newly-annexed Crimea.
Anything that makes the cost of travel in Russia cheaper is to be applauded. The vast country can be quite expensive, although I was surprised to discover that a flight from Moscow to Irkutsk on Aeroflot cost just about $600 return in 2011, provided you booked several months ahead. The flight took nearly six hours one way, and would probalby have been a lot more expensive in North America.
You will probably recognise the image above, of St. Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg. I am hoping and praying for a quick and peaceful settlement of the Russia-Ukraine hostilities, since both these countries have a lot to offer the traveller.