10 OCTOBER 2016
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Following the withdrawal of the easyJet service to Moscow from Gatwick at the beginning on the summer season this year (and 12 months ago from Manchester), Aeroflot has come in with daily flights starting 15 November. The airline will fly to its home base of Sheremetyevo International Airport, the hub for Sky Team (ie Aeroflot), rather than Domodedovo, essentially the Moscow home for oneworld.
Sheremetyevo has an express rail link to Moscow and is Russia’s largest scheduled airport.
Airlines have been hit hard by the sharp devaluation of the rouble, which last year lost 40% of its value against the US$ on the back of plunging oil prices. Visa problems have not helped with travel in both directions. Initially, the route was a great success for easyJet.
Today, Aeroflot is expected to pick up an award at the annual Business Traveller event as the Best Business Class on Mid-Range Flights and Best Airline in Russia and CIS.
Flight time is 3hr 35min with a two-class Airbus A320 outbound Gatwick at 16:10 for a Sheremetyevo 22:45 arrival. In the other direction, it is 13:15 and 14:30.
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