VP-BTW Airbus A319 S7 Airlines 

S7 Airlines, member of oneworld alliance, resumed flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Dublin, last Saturday 21st June, operated by VP-BTW Airbus A319, pictured above by Paul Doyle.

Aviation website Airline route 9th January stated S7 Airlines plans to operate 219-seater Airbus A321 aircraft for summer season, up to 6th September, increasing seat capacity by 70%.

The flight S7887 departs from Moscow Domodedovo airport at 2050 and arrives in Dublin at 2215. The return flight S7888 departs Dublin at 2300 and arrives in Moscow at 0610 next day.

S7 is the Russia’s only airline to offer non-stop flight from Moscow to Dublin. The regular flights to Dublin commenced in 2008.

Tourism Ireland believes the Russian market could play an important part in helping to grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland in the coming years; the organisation has representation in Russia for the first time ever in 2014.

Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s head of developing markets, said: “Outbound travel from Russia is growing fast, with almost 36 million visits outside of Russia taken each year.

The majority of our overseas visitors come from the core tourism markets of Great Britain, North America and Mainland Europe and, while this will continue, it is important that we expand our focus beyond these markets and look to the longer-term opportunities presented by Russia and the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.

“Research shows that some of the main motivators for Russians when choosing a holiday include ‘natural scenic beauty’ and ‘history and culture’; these are two areas for which the island of Ireland is renowned. Tourism Ireland will focus on highlighting tourism experiences like the Wild Atlantic Way – showcasing the spectacular scenery and unique culture of the west coast – to prospective Russian visitors in 2014. We believe this exciting new tourism experience will have tremendous appeal in the Russian market.”

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