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British Airways and easyJet approved to operate London-Moscow services

25-Oct-2012 10:03 AM

UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved (25-Oct-2012) British Airways’ and easyJet’s applications to operate London-Moscow services. Virgin Atlantic, which also applied, was not authorised to operate on the route. British Airways already operates to Moscow however easyJet is expected to launch twice daily London Gatwick-Moscow Domodedovo service in early 2013. UK CAA director of regulatory policy said, “On balance, allocating scarce capacity to BA and easyJet is likely to deliver the greatest benefit to consumers”. easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall, as quoted by the Daily Mail, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded the rights to fly between Gatwick and Moscow. We believe this is the right decision for consumers both in the UK and Russia”. Virgin Atlantic said it is “very disappointed” with the CAA’s decision. [more - original PR]