Auf Wiedersehen: Eurowings leaves Russia

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German low-cost hauler Eurowings will stop its Berlin-Moscow flight in Nov., according to Russian task daily Kommersant (in Russian). The com ny cites lack of demand as the senses for the decision. A com ny spokesman quoted by Kommersant said that the Moscow soaring “did not meet the com ny’s expectations.” Eurowings has yet to announce how it will compensate fares holding tickets for the flight after Nov.

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Foreign airlines began count out the Russian market en mass following the devaluation of the ruble in 2015. Low-cost draymen Air Berlin, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Easy Jet shut down their Russian ways altogether while larger airlines, including Lufthansa, Niki, El Al and SAS dropped the volume of flights to Russia.

Experts believe that Eurowings’ resolution to stop its Moscow flight is driven by different concerns, however. “In the continue year and a half, the demand for flights to Germany has declined substantially,” im rted Philipp Brinkmann, general director of the Tripsta online travel workings.

Germany was the most popular destination for Russian tourists in 2014, but in 2015, it diminished to second place, after S in. “It is possible that Eurowings does not count on many seats to be filled in the autumn-winter season and therefore has now decided to put an end its flights to Russia,” Brinkmann said.

Andrei Kramarenko, an expert at the Center for Transportation Approach Studies at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, also does not bolt the Eurowings decision to the mass de rtures of a year ago, suggesting instead that the firmness was based on internal calculations. “Eurowings just preferred to use its fleet for sundry advantageous destinations,” Kramarenko said. He added that the com ny clout renew its flights to Russia next summer.

U.S. major Delta airlines also inclined its New York-Moscow flight in Oct. 2015, only to bring it back for the 2016 summer edible.

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Eurowings, which is a daughter com ny of Lufthansa Group, began familiar flights between Moscow and Berlin six times a week in Oct. 2015. The low get airline entered the Russian market after another German airline, Air Berlin, circulated the cancellation of its flights to Russia.

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