EasyJet waiting for Russian license, 1 month before flights

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Low-cost British carrier EasyJet is scheduling flights between London and Moscow for mid-March and London-Manchester for the end of March, but the airline is still waiting for Russian authorities to give it a license, reports the Moscow Times. Media in Russia have carried reports that the airline is running into opposition to its pricing policies, which may be behind the delay, but the company told Moscow’s English language paper that it is working with authorites on final details and its request for a permit for the flights has not been turned down.

The Guardian and Reuters pointed to far cheaper flights between the UK and Russia when EasyJet beat out Virgin Atlantic and BA for the Gatwick-Moscow run in October 2012. BA flies from Heathrow.