Real Russia Blog
easyJet wins Moscow Domodedovo airport slots
Cheaper flights to Russia from London after easyjet win Moscow Domodedovo airport slots.
easyJet have won slots at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport after a successful proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority. The win comes after British Airway’s purchase of BMI from Lufthansa, leaving BA in sole possession of all Moscow slots to and from London.
After a hearing, a CAA board announced they would allow BA to continue operating the services it runs from Heathrow to Domodedovo, and to grant easyJet the right to fly to and from Domodedovo from Gatwick.
Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, said: “We believe that our flights will be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike. easyJet has proven again and again that when we enter a new market we open it up – bringing in competition and lower fares and enabling more people to travel on the route.” easyJet’s lower fares are reported to be priced from £125.
Iain Osborne, director of the CAA’s regulatory policy, concluded that “easyJet’s proposal would introduce a distinctly different product as well as satisfying and stimulating consumer demand that is currently undeserved, in particular for people who prefer or are content to use Gatwick”.
The CAA’s decision received criticism from Virgin, who hoped to receive the Moscow slots received by easyJet. A spokesman for Virgin criticised the move towards introducing economy flights from London to Moscow claiming that the “shortage of capacity for UK business travellers seeking to trade with one of the world’s fastest growing economies” would be detrimental to “consumer wants and economy demands”.
easyJet will operate a 180-seat Airbus A320 on two services a day and expects to fly more than 230,000 passengers in its first year of operations.