As first revealed by C&IT in the February issue, four daily morning flights will take place between London and Moscow’s Domededovo airport. From 15 April, a second daily afternoon flight will also be added.
This is the first time Moscow has been served from London Gatwick airport, with the airline expecting to fly more than a quarter of a million passengers between the two cities each year.
Later this month, Easyjet will also be launching services between Manchester and Moscow, allowing a further 60,000 passengers a year to take advantage of the first-ever direct scheduled link between the destinations.
Easyjet chief executive Carolyn McCall said: "Russia has a fast growing economy and is a country rich in culture and history. We believe that our flights will be popular with both business and leisure travellers alike."
Gatwick’s Moscow link comes on the back of its announcement of a new route to another emerging country, Indonesia. The first non-stop Jakarta-London flight was announced last month and will open in the fourth quarter of 2013 making Gatwick the only UK airport to connect passengers directly to the Indonesian market.