A new direct Dublin to Moscow service by Aeroflot has been announced.
The daily seasonal route to the Russian capital will operate from October 28th until the end of March next year.
It’s hoped the Aeroflot flights will boost further trade and tourism between the two countries.
Dublin Airport has welcomed the announcement from Aeroflot that it intends to operate a new service connecting the two cities for the first time since 2003.
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said:
“We are delighted to welcome Aeroflot back to Dublin Airport with this direct connection to Moscow. The new service will further boost trade and tourism between Ireland and Russia.”
“About 42,000 passengers travelled between Dublin and Moscow last year on indirect flights so I have no doubt this new direct route will very popular in both directions.”
Vitaly Saveliev, Chief Executive of Aeroflot, said:
“Today Aeroflot ranks as a leading global carrier and we continue to expand our international route network. This winter we will open new routes as well as increasing flight frequencies to popular destinations.
We are pleased to offer travellers new international destinations as well as additional flights to popular tourist destinations, thus expanding travel options with Aeroflot for both business and leisure travellers.”
Aeroflot will operate its new daily service with an Airbus A320 aircraft. Aeroflot previously operated a Dublin to Moscow service between 1987 and 2003, but since then the route has increased in popularity.
The airline is Russia’s flagship carrier serving 146 destinations in 52 countries, now with Dublin added to their portfolio.
So far this year, more than 21.2m passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, which is a six per cent increase over the same period last year. More than 1.2m additional passengers have been welcomed during the first seven months of the year.
This passenger growth can only be expected to increase as the airport continues to add more destinations regularly. Dublin Airport has flights to 195 destinations in 42 countries, operated by 56 airlines.