|easyJet will offer low-cost flights from London to Moscow in 2013|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012 07:19|
UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given easyJet the 'green light' to offer a low-cost alternative on flights from London to Moscow.
Currently, under the bilateral agreement between United Kingdom and Russia, only four airlines have the right to fly direct between London and Moscow: British Airways, BMI British Midlands, Aeroflot and Transaero.
Following the purchase of BMI by British Airways, from tomorrow, 28 October 2012, all BMI international flights will be transferred to British Airways, hence both easyJet and Virgin Atlantic (see separate story) submitted an application to CAA to replace BMI on this route, with the decision being voted in favour of easyJet.
Iain Osborne, CAA Director of Regulatory Policy, said: "We concluded that easyJet’s proposal would introduce a distinctly different product into the market and would stimulate innovation on the route as a whole, as well as satisfying and stimulating consumer demand that is currently underserved, in particular: people who prefer or are content to use Gatwick."
easyJet is expected to start flights from London Gatwick to Moscow from early 2013. The flights are not yet on sale and it is not known what the lead price will be.
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