The first ever flights from Gatwick to Moscow have been launched by Easyjet. The move gives the region's travel industry a vital boost after thousands of job losses in recent times.
Easyjet who are now the biggest airline at Gatwick won the right to operate the route, over Virgin Atlantic. Businesses from Kent, Sussex and the Thames Valley joined the maiden flight in an attempt to boost trade with Russia. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports from Moscow.
The interviewees are Carolyn McCall, Easyjet Chief Executive; Kendal Evans, Cabin Crew from Crawley. Maria Pasholok, a passenger from Oxford; and Ray Johnson, Chairman, Kent Chamber of Commerce.
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