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Airline announces Moscow route

Budget airline easyJet is to begin a new Manchester-Moscow service next year.

The carrier will start a four flights-a-week service to the Russian city in March.

EasyJet also said it was basing an eighth additional aircraft at Manchester in a move which will create 80 jobs.

The Manchester-Moscow service announcement follows news last month that easyJet had won rights to operate Gatwick-Moscow flights.

The no-frills airline expects to carry more than 60,000 passengers in the first 12 months of its Manchester-Moscow services. Customers will travel on 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft.

EasyJet CEO Caroline McCall said: "Russia is a country rich in culture and history - so a direct link from the north of England is long overdue."

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