Russian carrier Ural Airlines has launched a new route between London Stansted and Moscow Domodedovo airport.

The four times weekly service is being operated by a 160-seater A320 aircraft, configured with economy and business class cabins.

According to Stansted airport, one-way fares for the new route start from £23.

Yekaterinburg-based Ural Airlines commenced operations in 1993, and currently has a fleet of 46 aircraft. Last year the airline carried around nine million passengers, to destinations including Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Lisbon and Barcelona.

British Airways is currently the only carrier offering direct nonstop flights from London to Domodedovo airport. This week the Oneworld alliance announced plans to open its first branded airport lounge at Domodedovo.

Commenting on the news Aboudy Nasser, London Stansted’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We’re delighted to welcome Ural Airlines to London Stansted, another new airline recognising the fantastic opportunity the airport provides to connect with one of the UK’s most successful and fastest growing regions, and another destination to add to our already extensive route network.

“This exciting new service will provide convenient and cost-effective direct access to Moscow from London Stansted for the very first time. I’m sure the route will prove to be very popular with business passengers, especially from across north and east London and the vibrant east of England, looking to access the Russian capital as well as leisure passengers keen to explore the amazing history and sights of this world-famous city.”