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Brace yourself England fans, hefty air fares ahead

Hopeful England fans planning to book flights to Russia for Sunday's World Cup final will face hefty airfares, travel hubs say.

Plane lands at Heathrow Airport Credit: PA Images

Following England's 2-0 victory against Sweden on Saturday, travel comparison firm Skyscanner, saw six times as many searches for flights from the UK to Moscow for the semi-final compared with the previous day.

We have seen the largest increase in travellers searching for flights to Moscow for an England match so far.

British Airways and Aeroflot are the only two carriers who fly direct to the Russian capital from the UK, with departures from London Heathrow.

– Lisa Tyndall, Skyscanner manager
British Airways plane Credit: PA Images

British Airways Saturday flights have sold out. Fans who plan to fly out on Friday could end up spending roughly £900 for premium economy seats.

The earliest direct flight home for the following Wednesday,is estimated at £620 in economy, leaving fans with total bill of around £1,500-almost triple the cost of BA economy flights one-week later.

After the team secured their semi-final spot, BA shuffled its fleet to use larger Boeing 777 aircraft for Moscow flights ahead of Wednesday's match and similar arrangements will be made if England beat Croatia.

Travel firms are urging supporters to explore other options including connecting flights departing from London Luton via Cyprus on Saturday evening and returning to London Gatwick via Belarus on Monday afternoon for around £550.