LONDON – Russian national carrier Aeroflot will launch flights to Dublin from Moscow-Sheremetyevo at the end of this month.

The services are scheduled on a daily basis on the airline’s Airbus A320s. This will be Aeroflot’s 147th destination in its 53rd country.

The first flight will launch on October 28 this year and will be seasonal until March 30, 2019.

Commenting on the new route was Vitaly Saveliev, CEO of Aeroflot, who emphasized the airline’s winter capacity.

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“Today Aeroflot ranks as a leading global carrier and we continue to expand our international route network,” he said.

“This winter we will open new routes as well as increasing flight frequencies to popular destinations.”

Vincent Harrison, Dublin Airport’s Managing Director welcomed this new route and placed strong enthusiasm on Irish-Russian connectivity.

“There is a strong commercial demand for this new service, as about 44,000 passengers traveled on indirect flights between Ireland and Russia last year,” he said.

SU2590 will depart Moscow at 1920 and arrive into Dublin at 2045, both local times. The return, SU2591 will depart Dublin at 2145 and arrive back into Moscow at 0450 the next day.

It is unclear which configuration the A320s will operate as Aeroflot has two different setups. 

For Aeroflot, this is another significant link for the Russian market. The carrier can now focus on capitalizing in market share, especially as it is now the first direct route between the two airports.

It will be interesting to see what load factors are like and what category of consumer will use this route, whether it is primarily tourism or whether it is business.