Aeroflot announces direct service between Moscow and Dublin

42,000 passengers travelled between Dublin and Moscow on indirect flights last year

Russia’s largest airline, Aeroflot, is coming back to Ireland. After a 15-year-long break, the country’s flag carrier is about to launch a direct service between Dublin and Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

After a 15-year-long break, Aeroflot is relaunching direct service between Moscow and Dublin — Shutterstock
After a 15-year-long break, Aeroflot is relaunching direct service between Moscow and Dublin — Shutterstock

The daily service operated by a single-aisle Airbus A320 will kick off on 28 October as a part of Aeroflot’s international expansion.

“Today Aeroflot ranks as a leading global carrier and we continue to expand our international route network. This winter we will open new routes as well as increasing flight frequencies to popular destinations,” said Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot.

“We are pleased to offer travellers new international destinations as well as additional flights to popular tourist destinations, thus expanding travel options with Aeroflot for both business and leisure travellers.”

Aeroflot previously operated the same route between 1987 to 2003. The return of the service was announced earlier this year, but wasn’t officially confirmed until now.

The move is welcomed by Dublin Airport. It expects that the new connection will meet demand.

“About 42,000 passengers travelled between Dublin and Moscow last year on indirect flights, so I have no doubt this new direct route will very popular in both directions,” said Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport’s managing director.

During winter, the renewed connection will depart from Moscow Sheremetyevo at 7.20 pm and arrive in Dublin at 8.45 pm, with return legs departing Dublin at 9.45 pm and arriving in Moscow at 5.00 am.

Dublin, which currently serves more than 21.2 million passengers, has seen an extension in international connections. Apart from newly announced flights to Moscow, the Irish capital also has new direct services to Beijing with Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific.

Ryanair has also announced that from April next year it will operate new twice-weekly routes between Dublin and Bordeaux, and between Shannon and Ibiza.