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LONDON, March 18 (Itar-Tass) – British EasyJet discount carrier inaugurated on Monday flights between London and Moscow. The first plane on the route took off at 10:25 am local time (14:25 Moscow time) from Gatwick heading for Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.
From April 15, EasyJet airline will be making two flights a day from London to Moscow and back. The minimum round-trip fare is 125 pounds (190 US dollars or 5,800 roubles). However, this is only for passengers with hand luggage, as the cost of one baggage piece of 20 kilograms will be 32 pounds (48 dollars or 1,500 roubles) on condition of preliminary booking via the Internet.
Beginning from March 28, EasyJet will begin daily flights between Moscow and Manchester with the minimum cost of the round trip ticket of 96 pounds (145 dollars or 4,450 roubles).
An A320 plane(180 seats) will be flying between Moscow and London, and an A319 (156 seats) will be operating on the Manchester-Moscow route.
It is expected that this will increase the tourist flow between Great Britain and Russia in both directions. EasyJet Chief Executive Officer Carolyn McCall believes these flights will be popular both among business people and tourists.
TripAdvisor also notes that EasyJet flights to Russia will increase the flow of British people visiting Russia. It expects that this will make the capital of Russia more affordable for people who would not consider Moscow as a place of holiday destination under other conditions.