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Aeroflot starts flying free WW II veterans to former battlefields

www.itar-tass.com

The Aeroflot-Russian Airlines Company will fly free veterans of the Great Patriotic War, 1941-1945, between May 3 and 12 in line with the traditional action “To former battlefields of glory” on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Great Victory.

The filling-out of fare documents, started on April 25, will last till May 12 inclusive, Itar-Tass learnt at the air company press service.

This year, “apart from participants in and invalids of the Great Patriotic War, other categories of WW II veterans – people who worked in the hinterland of the Soviet Union, residents of besieged Leningrad and former inmates of Nazi concentration camps – will enjoy the right of free flights in directions from points in Russia and other former Soviet republics to points in European countries: Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Austria and the Czech Republic, the air company noted.

“Persons, accompanying veterans, have the right to purchase tickets at a discount rate,” Aeroflot specified.

In 2001, Aeroflot was the first among Russian air carriers introduced a tradition to grant WW II veterans a chance to fly free to former battlefields.

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