Tuesday, 1 November 2016

RUSSIA: Aeroflot To Launch Moscow-Gatwick Route

Russia’s Aeroflot Airline plans to increase international services as it launches daily Moscow Sheremetyevo (SVO)-London Gatwick Airbus A320 service Nov. 15.

Aeroflot will also add one daily frequency on the Moscow SVO-London Heathrow route for the IATA winter schedule 2016/2017.

The total number of Moscow-London flights operated by the Sheremetyevo-based carrier will grow from 18X- to 32X-weekly, the airline said in a statement.

UK low-cost carrier easyJet had operated flights from London Gatwick to Moscow Domodedovo, but ceased the service March 21, 2016 because of reduced demand. Transaero Airlines, which was the second designated carrier on Moscow-London route, went bankrupt in October 2015. Since March 2016, Aeroflot and British Airways have operated flights between Moscow and London.

In June 2016, Russia and the UK agreed to increase the number of Moscow-London frequencies from 21X- to 35X-weekly for first-designated carriers.

Despite an international traffic slump in the Russian market, Aeroflot is increasing the number of frequencies on several international routes from Moscow, including routes to Bangkok (7X- to 14X-weekly), Lyon (4X- to 7X-weekly), Guangzhou (5X- to 7X-weekly), Hanoi(5X- to 7X-weekly) and Miami (2X- to 5X-weekly).