‘At the moment we are developing AirUnion international routes. Therefore, it is important to extend European flights. This year we intend to add flights to Ireland to ones to Germany and Portugal’, said Demidov.
According to AirUnion strategy, flights to Ireland are aimed to help them enter the British air market. Demidov explained that at present flights to London are not possible due to a range of restrictions set by intergovernmental agreements. Therefore, they decided to ‘explore’ the new destination – unlike London which welcomes Aeroflot, British Airways and Transaero flights, there are no direct Moscow-Dublin flights yet.
Meanwhile, AirUnion can not define whether it will be either a charter or direct flight and how much it will cost. Nevertheless, the alliance hopes for interest in the initiative not only from passengers but also from travel companies which work with Ireland.
BSI Group and UTE Megapolus expressed enthusiasm towards possible flights to Dublin by AirUnion having pointed out that much will depend on a flight cost. At the moment an average price for a flight to Dublin is $500 by British Airways via London and by CSA via Prague.