Gatwick to Moscow flights take off

easyJet’s latest route between Gatwick and Moscow took off yesterday, a destination first for Gatwick.

The airline’s 100th destination from Gatwick will operate daily until 15 April when a second daily service will be introduced.

easyJet expects more than 250,000 people will take advantage of the new service annually.

Carolyn McCall, easyJet’s CEO, commented: “This is a historic day for easyJet, not only are we launching flights between London Gatwick and Moscow but it is also the first day our shares are traded on the FTSE 100. Moscow is a landmark route and one we are delighted to be able to serve. Russia is the world’s largest country with a growing economy. Offering frequent and affordable flights enables easyJet to play a key role to aid trade links between the two countries.

“I am pleased to have around a dozen UK companies travelling with us today aiming to start to build relationships in Russia. These companies are spread across Britain and represent many sectors including food, technology and manufacturing.

“Bookings for both of our Russian routes have surpassed our expectations and we look forward to flying hundreds of thousands of passengers in the coming months and years.”

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