A round trip ticket in July, the height of the summer vacation season, will cost 6,881 rubles, or $199.31. That is 15 to 20 percent less than Aeroflot, which owns Dobrolet. Starting June 15, the airline plans several flights a day to and from the region, each able to carry close to 200 passengers.
Russian prime minister and former president Dmitry Medvedev attended Dobrolet's launch ceremony.
And on Tuesday, the country’s parliament passed a law making it legal for casinos to operate in Crimea –- raising the specter of a Las Vegas of the Black Sea. This comes on the heels of Russia’s designation of Crimea as a "special economic zone," which would make it easier for businesses to invest in the region.