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To London…Moscow…and beyond with easyJet

Published: 12 April 2013

This year marks easyJet’s 15th year of flying from Belfast International Airport – and as Northern Ireland’s largest airline it now offers passengers 23 direct routes from Belfast, including a choice of four London airports – Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Southend.

There is no doubt that the London offering is strong and, with the opportunity to fly with easyJet to one London airport and return from another, there are unrivalled benefits.

And the benefits extend beyond London.  easyJet’s recent award of the rights to fly between London Gatwick and its 100th destination, Moscow, means that Northern Ireland passengers will now be able to enjoy affordable travel to the Russian capital via London Gatwick.

Ali Gayward, easyJet Head of Northern Ireland, said: “London Gatwick to Moscow is a landmark service for easyJet, not only because it represents our 100th route from the airport, but also because Moscow is such a key business and economic centre for Europe.

“easyJet is committed to making travel easy and affordable for all, and adding further capacity to key business destinations is a sign of our ongoing commitment. We have recently increased our flights between Belfast and London Gatwick and I’m delighted that, via London Gatwick, Northern Ireland passengers can also enjoy affordable travel to destinations such as Morocco, Sicily, Tallinn, Cyprus and Crete, as well as a range of important business centres including Zurich, Milan, Luxembourg and Madrid.

“We appreciate Northern Ireland’s geographical location and, in my capacity as Head of easyJet in the region, I work hard to ensure that we are not only delivering the right frequencies on our direct routes from Belfast International Airport, but we are also providing access, via our existing network, to emerging and established global markets.

“This works both ways as we are also enabling those markets to come to Northern Ireland, bringing investment and inbound tourism direct to the region.”

Uel Hoey, business development director at Belfast International Airport, said: “London is the principal market from Belfast International Airport and there is no doubt that London Gatwick opens up an affordable gateway to markets that were previously difficult to access.

“An airline with easyJet’s reputation, network and market position in Europe greatly benefits local businesses pushing for investment and international trade. The recent announcement of Moscow and Luxembourg, alongside the existing extensive route options from Gatwick, offers Northern Ireland an excellent chance to secure inbound investment.”

From 18 March an easyJet flight will depart London Gatwick at 07:00 and arrive at Moscow Domededovo Airport at 13:50, with the return flight departing Moscow Domededovo at 14:30 and arriving into London Gatwick at 15:40.

Then from 15 April there will be additional daily flights, departing London Gatwick at 14:10 and arriving into Moscow Domededovo at 21:00, returning at 21:40 and arriving into London Gatwick at 22:50. Flight prices start from £47.49 one way. Flights between the two cities will operate once a day from 18 March increasing to twice daily from 15 April.

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