The low-cost airline Ryanair has been granted permission to fly to Moscow and St Petersburg from Dublin airport by Russia’s aviation authority, Bloomberg reports.
A spokesman for the airline has confirmed Ryanair is exploring several airports as possible destinations for the country.
“Ryanair has had discussions with a number of Russian airports, but they are purely exploratory at this time,” said Robin Kiely, a Ryanair spokesman.
However, the arrangement would not allow Ryanair to fly to Russia from any other European country.
EasyJet began flying to Moscow in March this year from London Gatwick, adding flights from Manchester a short while later. The Hungarian airline Wizz Air also began operating flights to Moscow Vnukovo airport in the Russian capital in early autumn.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has recently backed plans for low-cost flights in the country. According to Bloomberg, this will require legal changes to allow non-refundable tickets to be issued, as well as to charge for meals and hire foreign pilots.
Aeroflot, Russia’s largest airline, has already invested a reported $100m/ £62m in a budget wing.
Ryanair also announced it will run 12 new routes from London Stansted to destinations across its European network from April 2014 earlier this month.