New Lost Flights from London Stanstead to Moscow
Stansted has gained its first scheduled service to Moscow with flights by Russian carrier Ural Airlines.
One-way fares start at £23 on the new four-times a week service using Airbus A320 aircraft to the Russian capital’s Domodedovo airport.
Originally the plan was to operate a service from Moscow Zhukovsky International Airport (ZIA) located in Moscow Oblast, 36 kilometers southeast of central Moscow. However, this was changed to operate out of Moscow’s more popular Domodedovo Airport (DME).
Ural Airlines will operate a 156-seat Airbus A320 on the prized Russia to the United Kingdom route.
Ural Airlines carries almost ten million passengers a year across 200 destinations with a fleet of 46 aircraft.
Russian Flight Limits
This new service will provide convenient and cost-effective direct access to Moscow from London Stansted for the very first time.
Under a bilateral agreement between the Russia Federation and the United Kingdom, only two airlines from each country are allowed to operate flights between Russia and the U.K.
Ural Airlines now joins British Airways, Aeroflot and Wizz Air on what has in the past proved to be a difficult route to make money on, due to Russia’s strict visa rules.
Unlike British Airways and Aeroflot who charge a premium for seats on their London-Moscow flights, Ural Airlines is copying Wizz Air’s approach by offering tickets starting at just £23 ($30) each way.
The difference between the two is that while Wizz Air only offers economy class seating Ural Airlines will be trying to poach British Airways and Aeroflot customers by offering 12 business class seats.
Stansted is London’s fastest-growing airport
When it comes to low-cost airlines, London Stansted is the busiest in the capital with 200 short-haul destinations across 40 countries serving 28 million passengers a year.
Only Munich International Airport (MUC) in Germany surpasses Stansted when it comes to short-haul travel within Europe.
As London’s fourth-largest airport Stansted can handle 43 million passengers per year and is expected to be London’s fastest-growing airport over the next ten years.