Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest carrier, and easyJet, a UK-based airline, have signed an agreement on flights between Moscow Domodedovo and London Gatwick.
Under the terms of the commercial agreement, Transaero Airlines will distribute a proportion of seats on easyJet’s twice-daily flights on the Moscow Domodedovo to London Gatwick route. Olga Pleshakova, CEO of Transaero Airlines, and Chris Kennedy, chief financial officer for easyJet, signed the agreement.
Pleshakova, said: ‘Undoubtedly we are glad to welcome the launch of the commercial cooperation with easyJet that will offer more choices for our passengers on the Moscow-London route. In addition to our own services from Moscow Vnukovo airport to Heathrow airport, Transaero Airlines will allow our passengers to get to London’s Gatwick airport from Transaero’s base airport with an extensive route network – Moscow Domodedovo airport. We are sure that this is unique in the context of the airline’s history of cooperation and will be mutually beneficial.’
Catherine Lynn, group commercial director at easyjet, said: ‘We are pleased to be working with Transaero and look forward to welcoming many new customers onboard easyJet flights. We now operate two services per day between Moscow Domodedovo and London Gatwick using our fleet of modern Airbus aircraft, which are amongst the youngest in Europe. London Gatwick is perfectly located for exploring the capital city or the south east of England and also provides access to easyJet’s wider network of 100 destinations across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.’
Effective from October 27, 2013, the agreement will apply to the flights that will be operated under the codes: from London UN7401/U28401 and UN7403/U28403 as well as from Moscow UN7402/U28402 and UN7404/U28404.
Transaero Airlines’ tickets on the Domodedovo to Gatwick route operated by easyJet under joint UN/U2 code will be available at the airline’s sales offices as well as Transaero’s agent offices.
In October 2012, the UK Civil Aviation Authority granted approval to British Airways and EasyJet to operate a service between London and Moscow Domodedovo under bilateral agreements with the Russian government.
easyJet, a UK based budget airline, is offering a new non-stop scheduled service between Manchester Airport in the UK, and Moscow, the Russian capital, for 2013.
The airline is to operate four flights each way per week, and bookings for the service will be available soon. The airline has previously announced five new routes from Manchester Airport, with a fleet of eight aircraft, two of which had been recent additions.
Carolyn McCall, the chief executive of easyJet, said, ‘We are pleased to announce the launch of the first ever scheduled services between Manchester and Moscow. 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.
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.
We are also pleased to be able to announce further expansion from Manchester with the arrival of another aircraft in March 2013. This is great news for the regional economy creating much-needed jobs in the city.
Moscow and Prague will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike with Thessaloniki promising to be a popular choice for holidaymakers from the region. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard our new services in Spring next year.’
The airline has also recently acquired the rights to operate flights between Gatwick Airport in the UK, and Moscow, while the other route to Moscow is from London Heathrow Airport, and is being served by British Airways.
The Civil Aviation Authority in the UK has recently granted easyJet, the UK based airline, the rights to fly between London and Moscow.
The airline will be commencing its service from Spring of 2013. The low cost carrier will be operating an Airbus A320 aircraft on the route between London Gatwick and Moscow Domodedovo airports, with two flights a day. The aircraft will have a capacity of 180 seats on each flight.
Carolyn McCall, the airline chief executive officer, said, ‘easyJet is delighted to have been awarded the rights to fly between London Gatwick and Moscow. We believe this is the right decision for consumers both in the UK and Russia.
Russia has a fast growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history. We believe that our flights will be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike. easyJet has proved again and again that when we enter a new market we open it up – bringing in competition and lower fares and enabling more people to travel on the route. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board next Spring.’
The return fares for the route commence from £125, compared to existing economy fares of more than £1,000.
easyJet has also been granted the rights to fly between Milan Linate airport and Rome Fiumicino airport in Italy, by the Italian competition authority (AGCM). The new route will become operational from 2013, operating with Airbus A319s and offering five services every day on the route.
Frances Ouseley, the airline’s country director for Italy, said, ‘This decision represents a core milestone in the market. We believe that our services will be popular and have proved again and again that when we enter a new market we open it up – bringing in competition and lower fares and enabling more people to travel on the route. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard in the following weeks.’
The Park Inn by Radisson Odintsovo Greater Moscow hotel has planned to open in Moscow, Russia.
The 122-room hotel is owned by Belgium-based hotel company, Rezidor Hotel Group, and will be a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. The property is expected to open in mid 2013, and will be located close to Skolkovo, near the business centre of Odintsovo. The location of the hotel is in the centre of the city of Odintsovo.
Kurt Ritter, the president and chief executive officer of Rezidor, said, ‘Russia and its capital city Moscow are a key development market for our dynamic mid-market brand Park Inn by Radisson. Our brand portfolio in the country now comprises 25 hotels with 6,300 rooms in operation or under development, and we are looking forward to further strengthening our Park Inn by Radisson footprint in Russia.’
The hotel will be featuring 122 guestrooms; an all-day dining restaurant; a lobby bar; event spaces and facilities; a fitness area; and an enclosed parking area. The hotel is adjacent to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport offering direct flights to Europe on main airlines.
The Skolkovo Innovation Centre, located next to the hotel, will be open in 2014, and will offer a contemporary commercial and educational complex, for use by technology-based information communication, biomedicine, space, and nuclear companies. The property also hosts Sberbank’s National Corporate University, whose professionals will also be able to find accommodation close to their place of work at the hotel.