Ryanair gets go-ahead for Dublin-Moscow route
Ryanair has been granted permission to fly to destinations in Russia from March next year by the country’s aviation authority.
The Federal Air Transport Agency, known as Rosaviatsia, will allow the airline to start regular flights on routes from Dublin to Moscow and St Petersburg, spokesman Sergei Isvolsky said by phone today.
Ryanair is in “exploratory” talks with a number of airports as potential destinations, according to the budget airline's spokesman Robin Kiely.
“Ryanair has had discussions with a number of Russian airports, but they are purely exploratory at this time,” Kiely said in an e-mailed statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last year backed plans for low-cost flights, which will require legal changes to permit non-refundable tickets, charging for meals and the hiring of foreign pilots.
OAO Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, plans to establish a discount unit of its own at a cost of $100m (€74m) after specialist no-frills operators EasyJet Plc and Wizz Air Ltd. targeted its home market.
Ryanair Chief Executive Officer Michael O’Leary said in September the airline was looking at new routes in North Africa, Israel and Russia.
Ryanair operates more than 1,600 daily flights, connecting 180 destinations in 29 countries.