Kremlin clears Aeroflot’s budget carrier for Moscow-Dublin route

The Kremlin’s aviation regulator, Rosaviatsia, has issued a decree granting permission for Aeroflot’s low-cost subsidiary to start flying a new direct service from Moscow to Dublin. Pobeda, Aeroflot’s budget airline, will initially fly four times a week from the Russian capital to Dublin, according to filings published yesterday on the regulator’s website. In March, The Irish Times reported that Dublin Airport had met with senior Aeroflot management in Moscow and had agreed on a deal to commence a regular service.

Government agencies in Ireland have been lobbying hard in recent years to secure a direct flight to Moscow and are hoping it will boost tourism and trade with Russia, which was badly hit by sanctions over the Kremlin’s interference in the Ukraine conflict. Industry sources indicated that Pobeda may start its service in spring next year. (Read more…)