Low-cost airline easyJet has announced plans to launch the first ever flights between Manchester and Moscow. (Featured image is by Petra Links)
The service will launch in spring next year, with easyJet operating four flights per week from its Manchester base.
The new service follows the airline’s expansion at Manchester Airport last month, when it added a seventh aircraft and increased flight frequency to Paphos and the Greek island of Santorini.
It also launched new services to Venice and Reykjavik, and has now added an eighth aircraft to its Manchester base.
With the new aircraft, easyJet will launch flights to Prague and Thessaloniki alongside its new Moscow route.
“These new services exactly fit easyJet’s ‘join the dots’ strategy which is to add flights to destinations from multiple bases across Europe, providing passengers with convenient point to point services,” said Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of easyJet.
“Russia has a fast growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history – so a direct link from the North of England has been long overdue. With our strong European network we look forward to connecting Moscow with other European cities.”
The easyJet service to Prague will operate three times a week, while there will be a twice-weekly service to Thessaloniki. Tickets for these flights, along with the Moscow service, will go on sale in the coming weeks.
“The basing of an additional aircraft and the inclusion of Thessaloniki, the second largest city in Greece, is also welcome as are more services to the Czech Republic through Prague,” said Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer at Manchester Airports Group.
“easyJet will serve 32 routes from Manchester next Summer and we look forward to working with them on the continued growth.”
The new Manchester to Moscow service follows on from easyJet’s announcement of flights to the Russian capital from Gatwick Airport.
Also launching in spring next year, the service will operate twice-daily, with fares starting from £125 one-way.