26 NOVEMBER 2012


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Article from BTNews 26 NOVEMBER 2012

Manchester to Moscow

Fast on the heels of its winning the takeover of the former London – Moscow route (but from Gatwick rather than Heathrow) easyJet is to introduce a four times per week service from Manchester from next March. 

The airline will also open new routes to Prague and Thessaloniki.

Manchester Airports Group's Ken O'Toole said the Moscow route was "significant" as it meant that passengers would "not have to use London for travel to Russia".

He added the airline would "serve 32 routes from Manchester next summer" and that, as a result, the airport was "looking forward to working with them on the continued growth".  A seventh and eighth Airbus will be added to the hub.

A spokesman for the airline said that the synergies of operating two UK routes from the Russian capital were obvious.  “We are breaking into a new market where easyJet, even if it is Britain’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried, is not that well known.  We get double value for the energies that we shall put into promoting the routes”.  He said that the airline would consider other destinations from Moscow “where route rights can be negotiated”.  With Russia this has to be done on an individual nation basis. www.easyjet.com

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