25 MARCH 2013
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Last Monday (18 March) Gatwick Airport celebrated the introduction of its first ever Moscow services, twice daily easyJet flights. Fire engines sprayed the aircraft. At the other end it was just not possible. Too cold.
The importance of the route was emphasised by the attendance of Minister of State for Transport Simon Burns MP for the send off.
He had this to say: "I welcome the launch of these new services between London Gatwick and Moscow. This is a brand new route for easyJet and for Gatwick, and I am certain it will help to deliver tremendous benefits to business and leisure passengers. It also demonstrates the ongoing capability of London's airport network to attract new, direct services with the world's largest markets. We also look forward to easyJet starting their services to Moscow from Manchester later this month".
A group of leading independent British businesses, selected by the British Chamber of Commerce, accompanied the inaugural flight as part of a trade mission. They showcased the quality and range of British exports ranging from confectioners and whisky manufacturers to IT and insurance. The British Ambassador to Moscow, Tim Barrow, hosted a luncheon at his impressive residence on the Moscow River opposite the Kremlin.
For easyJet it was a double celebration. It is now a Footsie 100 company. www.easyjet.com
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