Russia’s Aeroflot to begin Moscow, Dubai World Central flights

Dubai has seen a surge in Russian visitors linked to the lifting of visa restrictions

Russian airline Aeroflot has announced plans for regular flights between Moscow Sheremetyevo and Dubai World Central over the coming winter.

The airline said it would operate the route from October 28 to March 30.

SU522 will leave Moscow at 10:10pm and arrive in Dubai at 3:30am, with return journey SU523 leaving Dubai at 5:00am and arriving in Moscow at 10:40am.

“This winter we are pleased to offer travellers new international destinations as well as additional flights on select popular routes, thus expanding travel options with Aeroflot for both business and leisure travellers,” said Aeroflot CEO Vitaly Saveliev.

Aeroflot said it would continue to operate services from Moscow to Dubai International during the period bringing its total number of flights per week to 28.

The addition comes as Dubai experiences a surge of Russian visitors linked to the lifting of visa restrictions by the UAE government.

Read: UAE to grant visas on arrival to Russian visitors

Russian visitors to the emirate were up 74 per cent year-on-year in the first half of 2018 to 405,000.

Read: Dubai tourist arrivals flat in the first half of 2018

Russian arrivals to Dubai World Central alone were up 121 per cent last year to 530,000.

Wizz Air, Azur Air, Royal Flight, Condor and Ural Airlines were the top airlines for traffic contribution at the airport.

Read: Russian surge boosts Dubai World Central passenger traffic in 2017