Low cost airline EasyJet has secured permission from the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to fly to Moscow. The airline was competing with Virgin Atlantic for the Moscow slot left vacant by British Midland International (BMI), which recently merged into British Airways. EasyJet can now operate 14 weekly flights from London’s Gatwick airport to Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
CAA director of regulatory policy, Iain Osborne, said that the decision to select EasyJet was taken as it delivers ”the greatest benefit to consumers.”
BA and BMI were the two UK operators permitted for flying on the UK-Moscow route under a bilateral agreement. Aeroflot and Transaero are the two airlines permitted on the route from the Russian side.
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EasyJet beats Virgin Atlantic in fight for Moscow access