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When Easyjet announced its spring 2016 schedules a couple of days ago it talked only about the additional services it would be operating.
What Easyjet did not mentioned at the time was the fact that the budget airline would cease flying to Moscow, one of its key business routes, with effect from March, 2016.
The news, reported by Bloomberg, is because of a fall in ticket sales caused by the sluggish Russian economy and tighter visa regulations.
It is only two and a half years since the route from Gatwick was launched. As we reported at the time, Easyjet had high hopes that the route would be a success.
Only a few months earlier, Easyjet had announced a new Manchester-Moscow service.
At the beginning of this year, the airline was operating 13 flights a week between Gatwick and Moscow.
But the slowing Russian economy was already taking its toll on ticket sales and the service was cut back to a daily service with effect from March 29.
And last May, Easyjet announced that it would no longer be flying the Manchester-Moscow route with effect from October 23 (2015).
Easyet is not ruling out a return to Moscow in the future. But that will depend on the economic and politcal situation.