Ryanair set to open two Russian routes: embassy

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Irish budget carrier Ryanair appears set to open services from Ireland to Russia, beginning in March next year, despite previous expressions of reluctance.

It has applied to Russia’s federal air transport authority for permission to operate flights from Dublin to Moscow as well as St Petersburg, according to an Irish government communication.

The Irish embassy, in an October communication to the Russian foreign ministry, refers to air services agreements between the two countries and Ryanair’s position as a designated Irish carrier.

It states that Ryanair has applied for authorisation to fly the Dublin-St Petersburg and Dublin-Moscow routes starting at the end of March 2014.

"Additional air services between the two countries by both Irish and Russian airlines would benefit business and tourism relations between the two countries," it adds.

“The embassy of Ireland would respectfully request that the Russian authorities deal favourably with these applications as envisaged under the air transport agreement."

Earlier this year Ryanair seemed to dismiss routes to Russia, citing regulatory barriers.